Snake catchers in Queensland, Australia removed a slightly venomous snake from under a cot.
Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Snake Catchers 24/7 was called into the house on November 16 when a family pulled out drawers full of Lego and a brown snake lurked behind them.
The snake catcher believes that the snake he identified as the brown tree snake may have been there all night when the girl slept.
“The unknown question in all of this is how long was the line down there ??! McKenzie explained a nocturnal species on Facebook. But it is very likely that the family daughter spent the night with the snake in her room! “
The team uploaded a snake rescue video to their Facebook page, where it received over a thousand responses.
In the video, McKenzie explains that brown tree snakes are often confused with the far more dangerous eastern brown snake species, which are considered to be the second most poisonous snake in the world.
Fortunately, the brown tree snake, while still poisonous, is far less deadly than the eastern brown snake. It is responsible for more deaths in Australia than any other species of snake.
There are no recorded adult deaths from the brown tree snake, but the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that children can have adverse reactions to the bites of these reptiles.
The brown tree snake is a much bigger problem for ecosystems than it is for humans. The reptile is native to parts of Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and Australia, but is spreading aggressively to other regions.
The geographic range of the brown tree snake has expanded to Guam, Saipan and other islands in the western Pacific. The snake was first sighted in Gaum in the 1950s and had hit populations of 4,000 to 10,000 snakes per square mile across the island by the 2020s.
When the reptile colonizes a new habitat, it has been known to decimate local populations of small vertebrates.
This could be due to the snake’s status as a voracious predator, which can eat up to 70 percent of its own body mass per day. Smaller brown tree snakes feed on small birds, amphibians, lizards, and other reptiles. Larger specimens of the species hunt large birds, larger lizards, and small mammals.
McKenzie points out in the video that the snake would have difficulty poisoning him in the process by pouncing on its target instead of just biting it. This is because the teeth that inject the venom into the brown tree snake are actually on the back of its jaw.
After McKenzie removed the snake from the family room and home, she took it into the bush and released it back into the wild.