Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed

I’m glad the only critter we have to fight in bed is the cat, and she generally doesn’t bite.

From the ABC:

Snakes startle women in separate Darwin home invasions; grandmother bitten

Sun 18 Jan 2015, 4:14pm

Two Darwin women were given nasty surprises by snakes slithering into their homes, with one of them bitten as she lay asleep in her bed.

In the first incident, grandmother Eileen Whitely, 61, was lying in her bed in the rural suburb of Humpty Doo about 2.30am on Friday when she awoke with a start after a five-foot reptile plunging its teeth into her.

“At first I didn’t realise I had been bitten; I was in a deep sleep,” she said.

“I flew from the bed and thought it may have been a bug or something.”

But to her horror, she spotted a long tail disappearing under her covers.

Her husband, Lee Evans, threw a towel over the snake and she helped him put it into a pillow case.

The couple then deposited it into a small wheelie bin outside, from where it was photographed before it made a slithery escape.

A cup of tea before worrying

Ms Whiteley said she had a cup of tea before beginning to wonder whether the snake may have been venomous.

“I thought, oh well, it has been about an hour and I haven’t kicked the bucket, so I must be OK,” she said.

Ambulance officers took her to hospital to make sure, however an expert confirmed the culprit was a non-venomous children’s python.

Ms Whiteley said snakes in Darwin’s rural area were common and did not normally bother her.

“I shoo the bloody things away, and if they are deadly I just kill them, but when they get into your home it is scary,” she said.

Police detain ‘slippery, sinful, shifty serpent’

In a second incident police on Saturday night were called to a home in Rapid Creek after a frantic call from an 82-year-old woman.

Police went to the home and found the large snake, which was a harmless olive python.

“The officers entered the house and took the slippery sinful slimy shifty serpent into custody,” police said in a statement.

 

In May last year a 53-year-old woman from Humpty Doo was bitten twice by a snake in a week that crawled into her bed.

 

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