Port Hedland residents had a close encounter with one of Australia’s deadliest snake last week when a king brown slithered through the town’s business district. The mulga snake, also known as the king brown was located by Hedland Snake Removal in Wedgefield and snapped by wildlife photographer Adam Price. The species has the widest distribution of any other snake species in the country and is most active in the late evenings. Volunteer Tom Lloyd said mulga snake sightings were common in the area and urged people to remain calm and call for help if they needed assistance. “Stay calm, if possible, call us and try to keep an eye on the snake if you can because it helps with capture,” he said. Lloyd said there had been a rise in sightings throughout August with a mulga also spotted at Pretty Pool. The group has dealt with about 140 snakes this year as well as other wildlife.