A Northern Territory woman and her young daughter have luckily escaped unscathed from a close encounter with a venomous snake in their Darwin home.
As they prepared for bed, the pair were blissfully unaware of anything lurking in the safety of their home — until the mum turned on the lights.
"Please help, found in my daughter's bedroom when I was putting her to sleep!" she shared in the Snake Identification Australia Facebook group.
"I almost stood on it, as it was pitch black in my daughter's room and luckily when I opened the door, it moved out the way."
In the comments of the post, the snake was identified as a northern small-eyed snake — a venomous species observed in Australia.
Sharing a video of the dangerous discovery, the fast-moving snake can be seen slithering around as it makes a quick escape into a window frame of the bedroom.
"I wanted to move it outside with the shovel but I was absolutely terrified when it climbed into the louvres," she explained.
The mum revealed that the "fast little guy" managed to slip in through an open door, with people warning her how "highly venomous" the species is.
"Terrifying," one person commented on the video. "Oh damn that's close. You're lucky," another said. "Highly venomous and should be admired from a distance," a third snake-lover added.
After the close call, the woman mentioned they managed to get the snake out of the louvres and free it into the garden.
Features of the northern small-eyed snake
The small-eyed snake — which eats cold-blooded creatures like skinks, lizards and smaller snakes — is known to be a nocturnal forager and is usually spotted at night either, according to the Australian Museum.
They tend to only be around 50cm long, however can grow to more than a metre with their size observed to be greater in northern populations.
Those who encounter the snake on their property are recommended to call a licensed snake catcher.
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