Sometimes cleaning the house can uncover unpleasant surprises, and a Queensland mum was certainly shocked when she came across one unwelcome, and scaly houseguest in her daughter’s room.
She spotted the carpet python on Thursday evening in the Toowoomba suburb of Darling Heights.
“Her mum was cleaning the room, making the bed and saw something out of the corner of her eye,” licensed snake catcher Ally Wilkinson said.
The mother called out to her daughter and they kept an eye on the snake before the experts from Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7 arrived to remove it.
But while they wanted their visitor to leave, it made itself more comfortable instead by slipping onto the bed.
“It’s made its way from on the floor under the bed to across the bed on her pillow,” Ms Wilkinson explained.
The carpet python was estimated to be a few years old but it is not known how, or when, it slithered into the bedroom on the second floor of the home.
“Couldn’t identify a definite possibility, but pythons are great climbers. They can come up through your drainage system,” Ms Wilkinson said.
She also added they can come down through ventilation fans in a bathroom.
“They had an air conditioning unit in the bedroom and sometimes holes aren’t always covered up properly so they can occasionally find their way through those as well,” Ms Wilkinson said.
The family were said to be quite relieved when the guest was moved along, with a snake in the bed certainly capable of giving some people nightmares.
“Stuff that, this is why I sleep with my window closed,” one Facebook user commented on the video.
But others would not be fazed, with one woman online calling the python a “beautiful creature.”
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As the weather heats up Ms Wilkinson is reminding people they will be on the move trying to find a place to cool down, so its best to keep windows and screen doors closed.
“The majority of time people get bitten is when they’re trying to catch and kill a snake.
And if you spot one she suggests, “stay still, call us and we can come out and relocate them.”