AT FIRST he thought it was one of the deadliest snake in the world.

But when the region's prolific snake catcher Dave Weidman attended a property in Kingsthorpe recently he found one of the rarest reptiles: a red-naped snake.

Mr Weidman, from Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7, said the snake looked like a brown snake to the untrained eye.

He said the red-naped snakes could be classified by a red mark.

Mr Weidman said it was better to be safe than sorry, and residents should call a licensed snake catcher in all circumstances.

The snake was captured and relocated off the property.

Red-naped snakes are considered harmless.

It was the first red-naped snake captured by Dave Wiedman this season.

The snakes are virtually harmless and not considered a significant threat.

They are weakly venomous, have an inoffensive nature and are reluctance to bite. 

The snakes are found in four Australian states and are listed as 'threatened' in Victoria.

Red-naped snakes are nocturnal and feed on small skinks

They are similar in appearance to young eastern brown snake.