A Queensland couple opening their bedroom blinds were shocked after noticing an unwelcome visitor had snuck under their bed.
As the weather starts to warm up, the couple who live in Doonan, near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, left their door open on Tuesday to allow a cool breeze to flow through the home.
But unbeknownst to them, an “absolutely massive” carpet python slithered its way inside and made itself at home under the couple’s bed.
Snake Catcher Noosa’s Luke Huntley told Yahoo News Australia the couple were opening their blinds on Wednesday morning when they saw a tail. As they moved to the other side of the bed they saw the snake.
They closed the door and called Mr Huntley, who said they definitely would not be leaving their door open again any time soon.
“The couple left the backdoor open the previous day for the whole afternoon. Many people leave their doors and windows open during the day as the weather warms up, it’s something you do a lot in Queensland,” he said.
“But as soon as you open the door up you potentially let in a snake, spiders and flies.”
Mr Huntley said while a snake under the bed would be many people’s worst nightmare, the couple remained calm despite getting a shock when they saw it.
He said the carpet python was a whopping three-metres long, but they are not venomous reptiles.
Breeding season has snakes out and about
Mr Huntley added breeding season was well underway and snakes were now coming out looking for food, water and a mate.
“This year is busier than last year. It was dry due to the lack of rain last year which slows down a lot of snakes and the bushfires definitely affected them,” Mr Huntley said.
“This year because of all the rain we’ve had, wildlife in general is booming. It’s really good to see after last year when we had death, fire and destruction – this year we have life and prosperity.”
People terrified by snake discovery
Mr Huntley posted a video of him catching the large snake on the Snake Catcher Noosa Facebook page, which many found terrifying.
“I don’t [know] what is worse, not knowing it is under the bed, or knowing and freaking out either way,” one said.
“Do not think I will be moving to Queensland after all,” another commented.
“My worst nightmare,” a third added.
The carpet python relocation comes after a Sunshine Coast snake catcher wrangled a huge red-bellied black snake at a local school last month.
Stu McKenzie, from the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, told Yahoo News Australia the snake caught at Nambour school was about 1.5-metres long but much thicker than the average red-bellied black snake.
Red-bellied black snakes are venomous, although they are usually not aggressive unless provoked.
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