An Australian woman happily adorned her Christmas tree in time for Christmas only to find out this has attracted an unwelcome guest — a venomous snake.
In a Facebook post, the Snake Catcher of Victoria identified the crawling critter as a tiger snake. Tiger snakes are mostly found in the southern region of Australia.
Tiger Snake Intruder
According to the post, a woman in Victoria who only identified as Cheryl had called in to report the incident.
“Cheryl from Frankston got an early Christmas surprise this morning when she found a new decoration had been added to her tree. She didn’t panic, she just took a photo and sent it to the snake catcher, me, and 20 minutes later I had the little bugger in a bag,” the Snake Catcher of Victoria post reads.
The post immediately went viral and got more than 2,000 shares and nearly 5,000 likes. Netizens were obviously alarmed with the post with flood of comments it has gotten. It is because the majority of households in Australia are erecting their own Christmas trees for the holidays.
One Facebook user, Chantel Galwey, asked what makes a tiger snake want to climb a tree inside and would it not prefer to find a hiding place elsewhere?
The Snake Catcher responded that they usually find tiger snakes almost in any place as it tries to escape. That is why reptile experts believe to be more cautious when living in areas within the natural habitat of snakes.
Asked why snakes go inside houses, the Snake Catcher replied that it’s uncommon to see snakes getting inside the house. It said, “it’s a rare occurrence, usually a door has been left open or a cat has brought it in”.
Humans crossing paths with snakes or other wildlife is a common occurrence in Australia. In fact, a huge python was found sleeping inside a letter-box just this week. The python was found in Australia’s Sunshine Coast, the News.com.au reported.