14-year-old Angus Clark told Mosman Collective the “massive” snake had been on the beach since Sunday afternoon, after he and a friend spotted it near Bathers Pavilion following a swim.
“We are used to seeing snakes on our farm near Goulburn, but I’ve never seen one on the beach,” he said.
“It was the last thing I expected to see at Balmoral – and at first we thought we were seeing things.
“I reckon its head was as big as my fist – and it was as thick as my upper arm – so yep, I’d call it a pretty massive snake.”
Mosman Councillor and Balmoral resident Roy Bendall said a snake on the beach was another local first, that would make for a great movie.
“We’ve had snakes on a plane – and now we have snakes on the beach,” he said.
“Balmoral has always had a diverse range of flora and fauna, from foxes to dolphins – and while we all know that there are snakes around, it is highly unusual to find one on the beach.
“The snake is not venomous and has no risk to humans and no doubt its back in Wyargine Reserve.”