Yahoo News reports on the heartstopping discovery that a woman made when she was changing the sheets on her bed.
The Australian woman lived in a rural area of Australia - a town called Maroon.
On a Monday morning, she was changing the sheets on her bed when she made a discovery that stunned her.
She saw an Eastern Brown Snake slithering underneath her quilt.
The Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis) is a highly venomous snake found in Australia, and it is considered one of the deadliest snakes in the world.
It is highly venomous and can deliver a potent neurotoxin with a single bite. Its venom affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis and respiratory failure. The snake is responsible for the majority of snakebite deaths in Australia.
Thus the woman had reason to become very frightened. She immediately contacted a professional snake handler who was able to capture the snake and release it into "bushland" away from people and houses.
He told the woman that the snake had most likely slid through an open door or window and that it was looking for shelter away from the heat. Temperatures in Australia were soaring into their 30s C (90s F).
Once the snake enters a home, it can slide into any number of places including the bed or underneath furniture.
The snake handler did provide advice on what can be done if you encounter a venomous snake in your home.
His advice was,
If you see one, just back away slowly, shut the door, put a towel under the door and ring a professional,"
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