In what can only be described as the stuff of nightmares, a young girl vanishes under her bed at night to an uninvited guest.
A young Queensland girl experienced a terrifying wake-up call late at night when a 1.5-metre python broke into her bedroom while she was sleeping.
Stuart McKenzie, owner of Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher 24/7, received a call from a family in Buderim just after 1 p.m. Thursday begging them to catch the snake that had entered their home.
Mackenzie said in a video posted on her Facebook page, “The young girl sees a 1.5 meter snake slipping under her bed and going under her bed in her room.”
“I think that’s what nightmares are made of.”
They established that the python must have entered the house through the dog door, knocking some objects off a nearby shelf in the process.
Mr. Mackenzie enters the girl’s bedroom and lights a light under the bed, revealing a giant snake lurking in a far corner.
They removed the girl’s mattress from the bed and the snake catcher tried to catch the snake through the bed straps.
But Mr. Mackenzie quickly realized that the python was not going to come out easily, as the bed had to be separated to allow better access to the family.
Mr. Mackenzie then pulls out the snake, showing the giant python to the family before putting it safely in their bag to move it.
“It’s not a lot of sleep for us snake charmers, but it’s part of the job,” said Mr. McKenzie.
“The snakes are still moving in this wet season so keep an eye out and call us anytime.”
In September, Australian Reptile Park Warning issued to citizens to be on high alert regarding snakes, saying that the number of views has increased.
Around 3000 Australians will be bitten by a snake each year, of which around 300 require antivenom – a drug given to treat snake bites.
Reptile keeper Jake Meany is urging Australians to brush up on their snakebite first aid skills.
“Snake bites mostly happen when people are trying to capture or kill a snake, so if you don’t do any of these things you should be fine,” he said.
“However, it’s important to know the correct first aid technique, so you’re prepared in case the worst-case scenario happens.”
He said that if a person is bitten by a snake, they should remain calm, remove all jewelery and apply pressure on the bite site before bandaging the entire limb.
“By applying a pressure-stabilization bandage, the venom cannot spread easily in the body, slowing the virulence process by giving the bite victim more time to receive antivenom in the hospital,” said Mr. Maini, noting that a person should call an ambulance or seek hospital care immediately.
Experts say warm weather may also encourage snakes to venture into the backyard. Regularly mowing the lawn and removing piles of wood or leaves can help prevent them.