Robert Irwin has copped a snake bite to the face in an uncannily similar strike his dad Steve Irwin experienced years ago.

While filming an Animal Planet special, Robert was trying to rescue the “good sized” carpet python.

“Are you going to be grumpy or are you going to be nice?” he said.

“It’s alright you’re going to go back home. You’re alright, there’s a good snake. Aren’t you just the coolest?”

Moments later, the snake struck Robert’s face, just missing his left eye.

“I’ve got to tell you though, when I first found this guy there is no way …oh!”

Grumpy, then.


Robert posted the attack to Instagram alongside a clip of another grumpy carpet python decades ago which bit Steve Irwin on the face during the filming of one of his original Crocodile Hunter docos.

“Wait for it. After a snake rescue with this cheeky carpet python while filming for ‘Crikey! It’s the Irwins’ it brought back fun memories of a very similar situation that happened decades before in one of the original crocodile hunter documentaries!” Robert captioned the clips.

“Maybe it was her way of saying ‘thanks’ for being rescued!”




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