This is the startling moment a snake bit a wildlife enthusiast as he rescued it from a rural road in
Ewan Wilson, from Cardiff, was driving through the countryside in Diseminado Cabo Gata, Almeria, south-east Spain, with his girlfriend Serenity, looking for snakes.
They saw what they thought was a stick at first but stopped the car when they realised it was a ladder snake crossing the road.
Wildlife enthusiast Ewan Wilson, from Cardiff, was driving through the Almeria countryside in Diseminado Cabo Gata, Spain, on November 21 with his girlfriend looking for snakes. They stopped the car when they spotted a ladder snake which bit Mr Wilson as he picked it up
As Mr Wilson picked the snake up again, it hissed ferociously before the couple then released it back into the direction it was heading
Mr Wilson, who was wearing a head camera, filmed as he and his girlfriend crouched down by the ladder snake.
It started to hiss and then suddenly lunged at Mr Wilson, biting his hand as he went to pick it up.
In his dramatic footage from the encounter on November 21, he zoomed in on the bloody wound, saying: ‘I shouldn’t be scared.’
Fortunately for him ladder snakes, which can grow to just over 5ft (160cm) long, are non-venomous.
Mr Wilson picks up the snake again while wearing a head camera and tells some passersby about it
And, the bite did not deter the wildlife enthusiast, who kept on handling and taking photos of the snake, which drew a small crowd of people.
The couple called the snake ‘beautiful’ and Serenity observed that part of its tail was missing, suggesting it had been in a fight, before they placed it safely at the side of the road.
Mr Wilson said: ‘We were extremely lucky to see this animal so late in the year.
‘I was not expecting to see a snake so close to winter but nature always has surprises apparently. These animals are always amazing to see out in the countryside.’
Serenity films as the pair hold and talk about the snake, spotted in rural Spain
The couple described the snake as ‘beautiful’ and ‘feisty’ and noted that part of its tail was missing. They thought it may have been in a fight in the past
Ladder snakes prefer bushy cover, including orchards, vineyards, hedges and overgrown dry-stone walls.
They are commonly found across Europe in areas such as Portugal, Spain and France.