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March 5, 2013 8:29 PM   Subscribe

Catching wild rabbits using snakes.

"In this video Andrew Ucles teaches you how to perform rabbit hunting using his unique understanding of predator-prey relationships. Watch as Andrew collects 4 of Australia's most venomous snakes and uses them to his advantage versus the wild European rabbit to capture one of the world's hardest to catch vermin. This type of rabbit snare is unique as it requires patience to trap and catch small game, but nonetheless an effective method to capture small animals.

The rabbit was released safely and unharmed."

Andrew Ucles has a website with many more videos of animal capture-and-describe (mouseover the video thumbnails for the animal) in his...unique style.
posted by lazaruslong (29 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
A survival tip for those stuck in the wilderness with no food or equipment and can easily catch and handle multiple venomous snakes but refuse to eat snakes.
posted by Ommcc at 8:47 PM on March 5, 2013 [22 favorites]


THIS MAN IS INSANE
posted by rebent at 8:49 PM on March 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


The rabbit was released safely and unharmed

Well he's bloody doing it wrong then.
posted by pompomtom at 8:51 PM on March 5, 2013 [10 favorites]


Crazy man is crazy.
posted by blob at 8:55 PM on March 5, 2013


I would not characterize that rabbit as "released safely and unharmed" unless Andrew went down into its home and de-snaked it. Not that that doesn't sound plausible.
posted by substars at 8:57 PM on March 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I think I'd prefer to starve to death, thanks.
posted by key lime guy at 8:58 PM on March 5, 2013


So, I guess, if I find myself in Australia with a handful of snakes and some netting, I can use that to get a rabbit...

Whats wrong with using the snakes to kill the camera man and eating him ?
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 8:58 PM on March 5, 2013 [5 favorites]


Holy god, that shaky-cam is annoying. It's the high-frequency shaking, I think, it makes it impossible to focus on anything.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 9:00 PM on March 5, 2013


This sort of thing is why I just don't go into the wilderness to begin with. I live in a city! We have restaurants!
posted by axiom at 9:00 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


If I'm hearing him correctly, he's saying red-bellied black snake, which he's claiming is one of the most venomous in the world. Wikipedia, on the other hand, says "Though its venom is capable of causing significant morbidity, a bite from it is not generally fatal and less venomous than other deadly Australian snakes."

So, he might be exaggerating a tiny bit for effect. Not that I'd grab one of those, much less three.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 9:08 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


All you folks saying that you would do it differently will change your tune, when Obama takes all your guns away like they did in Australia.
posted by Jumpin Jack Flash at 9:08 PM on March 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


Obama's also banning knives and string, so don't get any big ideas
posted by facetious at 9:16 PM on March 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


The whole snake charming act is an impressive bit of theatre, but experts have found it is much safer and more effective to use the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch in neutralizing the threat of a vicious bunny.
posted by isopraxis at 9:22 PM on March 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


On the videos page, he also catches...a hawk....using roadkill. Dude is definitely something different.
posted by lazaruslong at 9:23 PM on March 5, 2013


Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day
Teach a man to hunt rabbits with venomous snakes and I will give you props for creativity while backing slowly away, trying not to make any sudden moves or loud noises.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:26 PM on March 5, 2013 [8 favorites]


I am impressed.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:29 PM on March 5, 2013


This guy is my hero.
posted by bradbane at 9:33 PM on March 5, 2013


In another video he experiences a panic attack while being cornered by a wombat in a drainage pipe.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:57 PM on March 5, 2013 [10 favorites]


Another way to catch rabbits barehanded is to get between them and their burrow. As a kid growing up on a farm I discovered that rabbits have very little endurance. If you're chasing one in an open field and can stay close enough to them that they don't get a chance to rest and catch their breath, they run out of steam in 5/10 minutes and you can walk right up and grab them. No poisonous snakes or special nets required.
posted by DaddyNewt at 10:01 PM on March 5, 2013 [7 favorites]


The look on that rabbits face!
posted by fshgrl at 10:11 PM on March 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I remember seeing a video of a guy who would catch rabbits by walking around and aligning himself straight on, then running right at them, and as soon as they moved, he'd break left or right at a 45 degree angle and catch them about 20% of the time (since he'd break the way the rabbit went about 50% of the time).
posted by whatgorilla at 10:22 PM on March 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I remember seeing a video of a rabbit who ate itty carrots, but it was not so exciting.
posted by TwelveTwo at 10:59 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm at work and can't watch this with the sound on, but do I understand correctly that his unique understanding of predator-prey relationships is that prey would like to get the fuck away from predators?
posted by Dr Dracator at 12:44 AM on March 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


OK everyone, KokoRyu wrote the best sentence ever; we can just stop writing things now, it's all downhill from this point on.

and Dr Dracator: yes
posted by pont at 1:28 AM on March 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Joakim Ziegler, I think he's saying that the tiger snake is the fourth most venomous snake. I don't know if it's that bad but the snake is big, aggressive, and the venom is pretty toxic and voluminous. Really not worth the risk to catch a rabbit.
posted by gingerest at 2:05 AM on March 6, 2013


Australia has incredibly great Chinese food, not to mention excellent meat pies. Why not just call for delivery?
posted by zaelic at 2:48 AM on March 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Next episode: How to catch dingoes with babies.
posted by chillmost at 3:48 AM on March 6, 2013 [8 favorites]


I don't really understand the connection between wildlife conservation and harassment, but this guy is doing an excellent job on the harassment side of things. Check out his "best of" video!
posted by orme at 4:43 AM on March 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jumpin Jack Flash: All you folks saying that you would do it differently will change your tune, when Obama takes all your guns away like they did in Australia.
I KNEW IT! HE'S DOING IT TO THE AUSTRALIANS FIRST!

And Germany is just over the border! It's the goddamned Fifth Reich - don't tell me you weren't warned.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:27 AM on March 6, 2013


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