Big Snake Found Behind Girl's Bedroom Pillows

A large python has been found behind a girl's pillows in her bedroom by snake catchers who had been alerted to its presence by the family.

Stuart McKenzie, from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, filmed the encounter. In the car on route to the house, McKenzie says he had received several calls that evening, and had just had another for a "big snake in the bedroom."

As he approaches the house, the homeowner directs him to a door that has been barricaded with a mattress. He says him the snake was in the washing basket, but is no longer there. McKenzie scans for the snake but cannot see it anywhere.

After moving a mirror, looking under drawers and the side of the bed, McKenzie moves towards the head of the bed. He pulls back the pillows to reveal a huge python: "There it is, it's behind the bed. That's unbelievable. At the end of the bed," he says.

"You do not belong at the end of a young lady's bed... You're going back in the bush my friend."

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Stock photo of a carpet python curled up. Getty Images

Carpet pythons are generally shy and non-venomous, and do not pose a huge risk to humans. They are a large species, growing up to around 10 feet in length.

In a Facebook post about the encounter, McKenzie says the snake was a healthy carpet python. "That's crazy," he wrote. "If she had of come in minutes later she wouldn't have seen the snake go behind the bed and may have slept next to a Carpet Python all night!"

Snakes in Australia are currently coming to the end of their breeding season and are on the lookout for food after months of mating. This means there are "plenty of snakes on the move," McKenzie wrote.

In recent weeks, there have been many reports of snakes entering people's homes. In a video from December 1, McKenzie visits another house where a girl found a snake in her bedroom. He said the young girl had woken up to a carpet python entering her bedroom at around 1 a.m. local time. "We worked out that it must have also come through the doggy door where they had found a few things knocked off the shelf," he said.

Josh Castle, from Josh's Snake Catching and Relocation in north Brisbane, has also attended several homes with reports of snakes inside. On Tuesday, he posted about a coastal carpet python on his Facebook page that had broken into a home and eaten the owner's budgies.

On December 5, he found a "dusty, but highly venomous," eastern brown snake—one of the most deadly species in Australia—in a kids' play area.