A Brisbane homeowner was left stunned to discover a snake lurking in the middle of piles of belongings in a sewing room – almost completely hidden away.
As snake catchers across Queensland issue warnings of snakes sneaking inside houses during mating season, a Brisbane-based snake catching service shared the image of the cluttered room to warn people how well the slippery serpents can hide themselves among everyday items.
Taking to Facebook, Snake Catchers Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and Gold Coast shared an image of piles of books, tins, baskets and bags inside a sewing room, before asking social media users to try to ‘spot the snake’.
“We got called out to a snake that had made itself quite comfortable here in a sewing room,” they wrote.
It’s almost impossible to see in the image, but the snake is actually lurking right behind the hanging rabbit image on the shelf, curled up so it just looks like a dark mass.
“They can reach as long as three metres (10 feet),” she reportedly said. “They’re a non-venomous species, and they do very well in an urban environment.”
She warned it’s likely that the snake will have simply come through an open door or window.
Fans rushed to share their thoughts on the image, with one commenting: “Oh my lord aren’t handlers the bravest people in the whole wide world,” while another added: “I would literally die, I hate snakes.”
One more joked: “She needs a bigger sewing area.”
It comes just weeks after a Queensland mother got the fright of her life when she spotted the same breed of slippery serpent in her own daughter’s bed.
In a Facebook video, Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7 explained they were called out to a home in Toowoomba’s Darling Heights suburb after a carpet python made itself right at home under a pillow in a bed.
“Imagine waking up next to this lovely guy, a beautiful carpet python,” the post joked.
According to a report by 7 News, the snake catchers were called to the family home after a mother discovered the snake in her daughter’s bedroom. The mother was cleaning the room and making the bed when she noticed the reptile out the corner of her eye.
The terrified pair managed to keep a close eye on the snake as they called immediately for snake catchers to remove it.
“It’s made its way from on the floor under the bed to across the bed on her pillow,” snake catcher Ally Wilkinson told 7 News. Wilkinson said it could have climbed in the home through the drainage system or made its way into the house through an air conditioning unit.
In the video, a snake catcher could be seen bravely marching up to the bed and picking the snake up by its tail as it tried to slither away. Australians are being urged to contact professionals if they spot a snake to prevent the risk of injury to humans, their pets and the snake.
Experts have since warned there are more snakes out than ever as it’s mating season, with many males more willing to expose themselves in the open to find a female.