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    Kind-hearted former AFL star risks his life to save that of a snake which he spotted slithering across a highway

    • Former AFL player Brent Staker pulled over to the side of a Queensland Highway 
    • He grabbed the carpet python from its tail and slowly moved back toward grass
    • Eventually Staker reached some bushes and slowly let the reptile go safely 

    A former AFL star risked his life and bravely saved that of a snake he had spotted in the path of traffic on a busy highway.

    Former West Coast and Brisbane defender Brent Staker pulled over to the side of a Queensland Highway on Tuesday to move the carpet python from the middle of the road. 

    The 36-year-old shared footage of his incredible rescue to Instagram, captioning the video, ‘Pulled over to give a helping hand’. 

    Former West Coast Eagles player Brent Staker pulled over to the side of a Queensland Highway on Tuesday to move the carpet python from the middle of the road

    Incredible footage showed Staker carefully holding the snake and bringing it to bushes before letting it go

    Incredible footage showed Staker carefully holding the snake and bringing it to bushes before letting it go

    It showed Staker approach the snake from behind, grab hold of it and slowly step backward toward the grass verge while keeping his eye closely on the snake.

    He then lifted the snake and placed it carefully into some long grass beside the road.

    The video received more than 7,000 views and 900 likes as social media users commended Staker for rescuing the snake.

    ‘Legend mate!! Well done,’ someone wrote.

    ‘Not all heroes wear capes,’ another commented.

    ‘Well done brother beautiful snake,’ someone else wrote.

    Staker was an accomplished defender who played 110 games for West Coast and 50 for Brisbane, and is currently an assistant coach of the Lions’ women’s team.

    He was best known for being on the receiving end of a knockout punch by former Sydney forward Barry Hall in footage that went viral worldwide.

    Hall received a hefty seven-game suspension for the incident, and apologized to Staker when they finally buried the hatchet years later in a joint TV interview. 

    Staker (pictured with former MasterChef contestant Justine Schofield) shared the footage to his Instagram

    Staker (pictured with former MasterChef contestant Justine Schofield) shared the footage to his Instagram

    WHAT IS A CARPET PYTHON? 

    Carpet pythons are medium sized pythons that can grow up to 3.6m in length.

    The average adult carpet python is 2.5m long and is the largest snake found in south-east Queensland.

    They typically eat a variety of birds and mammals and is non-venomous to humans.

    However a bite to a human by a carpet python can still cause damage, including deep puncture wounds.

    Typically carpet pythons like to live in above ground areas such as roofs or wall cavities.

    However they have also been found in shrubbery.   

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