A large snake has been found “snuggled up” on a warm electric blanket in a child’s bed in the Queensland state of Australia, with video footage of the incident shared by the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7.
“This large carpet python had made its way into the family’s house and decided to lay upon one of the boys’ beds. It just so happened that he had his electric blanket on and the snake thought it would make the most of the warmth during this cold rainy weather. What an absolute beauty!,” the company shared in a post on its official Facebook page.
As he enters the bedroom, the snake catcher exclaims: “Holy dooley, look at the size of it [the snake], it’s just sitting on the bed.”
Gently holding the snake with both hands, the snake catcher estimated “You can just see that will be a seven- or eight-foot python.
“That is a decent-sized snake, a two-meter plus snake. It’s definitely not something you expect to see on your bed,” he says.
The bed was “super-duper warm, so no wonder he [the snake] was snuggled up on there,” notes the snake catcher.
It’s unclear exactly how the snake got into the house. It may have entered the through the door of the garage, which was left open a day earlier, according to the child’s father, who spotted the python while walking past the child’s bedroom.
The “very healthy and nice-looking” python was released into a field by the snake catcher who noted “there are some big snakes on the move at the moment.”
Earlier this month, two pythons were reported to have “smashed” through the ceiling of another home in Queensland.
Steven Brown, a snake catcher from Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation, said: “[The snakes] had come crashing through the customers ceiling in the kitchen. One snake was located next to the front door and the other in a bedroom of the old country home.”
With an estimated combined weight of around 39.7 pounds, the snakes were some of the biggest ever seen by Brown.
Lockdowns issued amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Australia were reported to have led to a rise in reports of encounters with deadly snakes, with the warmer weather bringing snakes out of hibernation.
“Because people are at home and they’re not out and about…we’ve got a perfect storm where people will see more snakes,” Raymond Hoser, who runs Snakebusters in Melbourne, told Australian Associated Press.
“If you see a snake don’t go near it. Nine times out of 10 if they’re in your garden they’re passing through. If you get bitten, [put a] bandage on your arm, [go] straight to hospital. Without treatment you’re likely to die. With treatment, you probably won’t die,” he said.