A woman has been left terrified after discovering a six-foot carpet python slithering up the stairs of her two-storey house.
The resident ran from the house in Logan, Queensland, and locked the door before calling snake catcher Glenn ‘Ozzie’ Lawrence on January 29.
By the time Mr Lawrence entered the home, the reptile had found its way into the bathroom, a common spot for snakes to seek refuge during wet weather.
Mr Lawrence told Daily Mail Australia the coastal carpet python was relatively easy to catch as it was already cornered in a small room, despite acting a little defensive.
The Shailer Park resident discovered the snake slithering up the stairs of her two storey home
The handler said the resident’s ‘phobias and fears were through the roof’ and spent some time with her trying to calm her down after the python had been secured.
He said OzCapture Snake Relocations receivea at least five calls a day from residents finding unwanted serpents underneath air conditioning units, fridges, washing machines and dryers.
Snakes found in bathrooms are not as common, with Mr Lawrence saying he hadn’t got his ‘dunny snake’ yet, but most likely would in the future.
‘Thanking the powers that be it wasn’t actually in the toilet itself’, Mr Lawrence captioned a series of photos of the carpet python on Facebook.
The 2 metre carpet python was found professional snake handler hiding in the bathroom
‘My pet fear at night’, one comment read.
Another cautioned other home owners saying, ‘That’s why you always put the lid down!’
Mr Lawrence said the combination of recent wet weather and the amount of snake hatchlings being born at this time of year had resulted in more relocations.
‘Snakes will sense a low pressure storm, leave their trees and seek shelter when the rain is here,’ he said.
‘When there’s rain they crawl into roofs, pergolas, covered area, barbecues and garages.’
The carpet python was relocated into bush land a kilometre away from the residents home in Logan, Queensland.
Mr Lawrence said handlers will relocate the invading reptile within 5km of where the snake was found, away from suburban areas.
How to keep safe during snake season
Remove any debris or woodpiles, cut back long grass and shrubbery, remove leaf litter and block any holes around the outside of your house that may look like a safe spot to hide
Keep pests under control. Rodents are a good food source for snakes – less food means less snakes.
Keep bird aviaries and chook pens secure, clean and free of rodents. Ensure you have a fine mesh or shade cloth around the outside of any aviary so our snake friends don’t get stuck in the wire.
If possible, keep cats inside and snake avoidance training for dogs can literally be a life saver.
Call a professional. Never attempt to catch or kill a snake. This is illegal and snakes are incredibly important to the local ecosystem.
SOURCE: National Geographic