Ant and Dec have been told to keep their eyes peeled after locals were warned following a snake sighting (Picture: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock)
However, it’s not just the rumoured celebrity contestants for the 2023 edition that need to be cautious of the local wildlife and creepy-crawlies after signs were put up by Kingscliff beach in New South Wales after a ‘large brown snake’ was seen in the area.
It’s reportedly thought to have been an Eastern Brown Snake, which is considered the world’s second-most venomous land snake.
‘Ant and Dec will have to keep their eyes peeled when on the beach and in the surrounding area. The snake has been spotted exactly where they hang out between shows and brown snakes are not to be messed with,’ a source from the show claimed.
‘Snakes are part of Aussie life but it is still scary to think one of these was slithering around so close by,’ they added to The Mirror.
The Eastern Brown Snake is responsible for the most deaths from snakebite in Australia (Picture: Getty)
The presenting duo are said to be staying near Kingscliff beach in New South Wales (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
Growing up to seven feet (two metres) in length, the Eastern Brown Snake is known for its defensive displays – often mistaken for aggression – which will see it coil its neck into an ‘S’ shape, rising off the ground and opening its mouth, ready to strike.
They are responsible for the most deaths from snakebite in Australia than any other group of snakes, and are also very fast, thought to be able to outpace a human running at full speed.
Its bite can result in progressive paralysis and uncontrollable bleeding, according to the Australian Museum, with the initial bite generally painless and often difficult to detect – although medical attention should be sought without delay.
Back in 2017, a brown snake was removed from the I’m A Celebrity camp before it could cause too much of a risk for the cast and crew.
Medic Bob McCarron revealed at the time: ‘We keep it quiet from the celebrities in camp but last week I removed a venomous brown tree snake actually climbing along the drawbridge where Ant and Dec walk every day.’
Rumoured contestants for this year’s I’m A Celebrity have already been spotted in Australia (Picture: James Gourley/Shutterstock)
While ITV has yet to fully confirm the cast list for the 2023 series, This Morning host Jodie Gibson has already been spotted at the airport, alongside former politician Nigel Farage, who is thought to have inked a deal worth in excess of £1million.
Other names in the mix include Britney Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn, First Dates star Fred Sirieix, horse racing legend Frankie Dettori, Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson and Marvin Humes.
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The snake in question is responsible for the most deaths from snakebite in Australia.