A family was shocked to find one of the world's deadliest snakes swimming in their backyard pool.

The family, who live in Adelaide, Australia were reminded to look before jumping into their swimming pool when they found an eastern brown snake swimming in the water.

The eastern brown snake is one of the world’s most venomous snakes. It is second only to behind the inland taipan that lives in central Australia, which is commonly considered to be the deadliest snake in the world.

An adult eastern brown snake can grow as long as two metres in length.

This species is known to be nervous and may act defensively if it gets surprised or alarmed. Often it will choose to flee if approached from afar.

The terrifying video shows the snake going for a quick swim in the pool before quickly dashing underneath the fence and escaping out of the yard, disappearing back into the bushes.

While the eastern brown snake is only native to Australia, RSPCA have issued advice on their website on what to do if a snake finds its way into your yard.

It says: "If you stumble across a native British snake in your garden or the wild, please leave them undisturbed. There's no need to get in contact with us unless the snake appears to be injured or wounded.

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"If you find a non-native species of snake, please keep your distance and call our advice line on 0300 1234 999."

According to Rentokill, it is rare to see snakes in the UK. However, they are most commonly observed between July and September when they are at their most active.

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