Python Found Under Toddler's Cot: 'For a Small Child It Could Do Significant Damage'

A large coastal carpet python was found lurking underneath a 3-year-old toddler's cot in Queensland, Australia, with a snake catcher saying it could have strangled the child had it not been noticed.

The toddler's parents were putting their three year old toddler to bed for an afternoon nap when they spotted a snake tail poking out from underneath the cot.

They called Aaron Yashin, from Yashin's Wildlife Relocation, to remove the seven foot python. He told 9News: "They were pretty freaked out as anyone would be to find a snake under their children's bed. It's fortunate it's not a poisonous snake but given its size, for a small child it could do significant damage. They normally have long teeth."

As Yashin went to remove the snake, the python lashed out and bit him on the hand.

"I've been bitten by multiple and have been bitten several times," he told the website. "It causes a lot of bleeding and in a child could be much worse."

Although attacks on humans are rare, Yashin said that if it had gone unnoticed, the snake could have found a way to strangle the young boy, had it slithered around his neck.

While they are normally docile, carpet pythons can still pose a threat to humans if provoked. Depending on the size, a large carpet python bite could require surgery, ranging from stitches to operations for tendon damage.

Once the snake had been removed, Yashin released it into nearby wetlands.

He said that families and residents should keep their yards tidy, and to avoid keeping large objects that could provide shelter for snakes.

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A stock image shows a python, which are common in Queensland. Ken Griffiths/Getty Images

Due to recent heavy rainfall in Queensland, an increasing number of snakes have been making their way indoors.

It is the middle of the snake season in Australia, which runs from October to April. Snakes are typically sighted more regularly at this time of year because of the hot weather.

Carpet pythons can grow up to 13 feet in length, although the average size is around seven feet. They hunt by ambush, waiting for their prey to pass by. As carpet pythons are non-venomous, they kill their prey by constricting and suffocating.

These snakes mostly feed after dark, and usually prey on smaller animals such as rats and birds. However occasionally they will target larger animals such as cats, dogs and possums.

Another carpet python was recently found lurking in an age-car facility in Queensland.

The snake catcher, Stuart McKenzie, arrived to remove the snake which had hid in the bushes outside the facility. Scared workers gathered around the snake catcher while he removed the huge serpent from its hiding place.

In the video, scared workers at an age-care facility in Queensland, Australia, gather around the McKenzie while he removes the carpet python from its hiding place in the bushes.