In what can only be described as a nightmare, a young girl wakes up in the night when an uninvited guest disappears under her bed.
A young Queensland girl experienced a terrible nighttime wake-up call after a five-foot python entered her bedroom while she was sleeping.
The owner of the Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher 24/7, Stuart McKenzie, received a call from a family in Buderim shortly after 1am Thursday asking them to catch the snake that had invaded their home.
“The young girl woke up to a five-foot-long line that slipped in her room and went under her bed,” McKenzie said in a video posted on his Facebook page.
“I think this is what nightmares are made of.”
They discovered that the python must have gotten into the house through the dog door and threw a few items off a nearby shelf in the process.
Mr. McKenzie enters the girl’s bedroom and shines a light under the bed, revealing the huge snake that has curled up in one of the farthest corners.
They took the girl’s mattress from the bed and the snake catcher tried to grab the snake through the slatted frames.
But Mr. McKenzie quickly realized that the python would not come out easily as the family had to take the bed apart for better access.
Mr. McKenzie then pulls out the snake and shows the family the giant python before safely stowing it in his pocket for relocation.
“Not much sleep for us snake catchers, but that’s part of the job,” said Mr McKenzie.
“Snakes are still out in this wet weather, so be careful and call us anytime.”
In September, the Australian Reptile Park warned residents to be on high alert for snakes and said the number of sightings had increased.
Around 3,000 Australians are bitten by a snake each year, of which around 300 require an antidote – a drug used to treat snake bites.
Reptile keeper Jake Meney urges Australians to brush up on snakebite first aid skills.
“Most of the time, snake bites occur when people are trying to catch or kill the snake. So if you don’t do any of these things then you should be fine, ”he said.
“However, it is important to know the correct first aid technique so that you are prepared in the worst case.”
He said that if a person has been bitten by a snake, they should remain calm, remove all jewelry, and put pressure on the bite site before bandaging the entire limb.
“Applying the pressure immobilization bandage prevents the poison from spreading easily through the body, which slows the poisoning process by giving the bite victim more time to look for an antidote in the hospital,” said Mr. Meney, noting that one person needed an ambulance or call immediately should seek hospital care.
Experts say the warmer weather may also encourage snakes to venture into backyards. Regularly mowing the lawn and removing piles of wood or leaves can put them off.