Woman wakes to find snake in her bed and flees

Waking up with a snake in your bed would be terrifying for most people (file photo).
Waking up with a snake in your bed would be terrifying for most people (file photo).

A HIGHFIELDS woman woke up to find a huge snake slithering over her legs.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous as she is elderly and lives alone, woke up feeling hot about midnight on Thursday.

"I was kicking at the blankets," she said.

Suddenly she realised she was not alone in the bed.

"I had a light-bulb moment. I sensed that something wasn't right," she said.

When she switched on the light she felt something go over her foot.

She looked down and saw a huge snake in the bed.

"There was a great pile of it," she said.

The huge snake was stretched across her bed.

"I'm sure it was at least 6ft long," the woman said.

She moved "rather smartly" down stairs and spent the night in another room.

"I still don't know how it got inside.

"I was concerned. I thought, I have to get out of here."

The woman contacted The Chronicle after reading Thursday's story about increased snake activity in the region.

Toowoomba's newest - and first female snake catcher Wendy McCullagh - relocated the carpet python after finding it in the woman's bathroom yesterday morning.

She said the woman had locked it in the bathroom and used towels to keep it from escaping.

It was Ms McCullagh's first solo capture of a snake since she started working with Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7.

She said the snake had likely entered the double storey timber home through gaps in the roof.

"They can come in looking for a mate, warmth or shelter," she said.

"Any nook or cranny, they can squeeze through it."

The snake was released into bushland in Highfields.
The snake was released into bushland in Highfields.

Ms McCullagh said the woman took the correct course of action.

"If someone finds a snake in their bed, get out quickly and leave the snake alone.

"Get a good enough distance away, and your pets too and call someone like myself."

Ms McCullagh said the snake was relaxed when she arrived.

She used a hook to guide it into a snake bag.

The python was released into nearby bushland at Highfields as required by law.

"It's in its natural habitat. Hopefully it won't come back," Ms McCullaugh said.

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