A mum has recalled the ʜᴏʀʀɪꜰʏɪɴɢ moment she found a sneaky ɪɴᴛʀᴜᴅᴇʀ hidden in her baby boy’s cot as she was putting him to bed.
Tabitha Bennett had turned on the bedroom light and was moments away from tucking in her one-year-old son for the night when she spotted a snake coiled up behind his bed. She said this was the first time she had encountered a snake sneaking into her Samson Mountain home in Moreton Bay, northwest of Brisbane.
“I was just about to lean over when I saw it jammed behind the cot,” Ms Bennett told Westside News. “My husband was asleep in the room with our three dogs and a cat, but none of them had noticed it was there. It turned out to be a late bedtime for my boy.”
Tried to ᴄᴀᴛᴄʜ the snake but failed, Ms. Bennett enlisted the help of Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation. This snake is a small carpet python 1 meter long and non-venomous.
Snake catcher Steve Brown shared photos of the reptile’s capture online.
“Non venomous, it had taken up residence in the babies cot before the baby could,’ Mr Brown posted. “They are unsure how it got there and even made it to the back room past three dogs and two cats.”
Many parents after seeing the post described this as every parent’s worst ɴɪɢʜᴛᴍᴀʀᴇ.
“Wish I didn’t see this….. you’ve ruined my night now I’m going to be stalking the baby monitor even harder than usual,” one woman wrote.
Another added: “That has always been my biggest ꜰᴇᴀʀ as a mum. Well one of many. I was always paranoid of a snake getting in the kids’ rooms!”
Mr Brown said after recent rain in south-east Queensland, snakes are often out and about looking for somewhere drier to hide. He also says residents can reduce the risk of unwelcome reptiles in their homes by keeping doors and windows shut, put weather strips on doors that lead outside and into the garage, checking flyscreens for holes and to snake-proof exhaust fans in the bathroom.