Venomous Snake Found Hiding Under Bed Covers in Home

A venomous red-bellied black snake has been found in a bed at a home in Australia.

Snake Catchers Australia were called to remove the snake at a home in Kellyville, a suburb of Sydney. Images the company posted to Facebook, which can be seen here, showed the reptile slithering on the bed and through the house. The images also showed a snake handler holding the animal up before releasing it safely back into the wild.

Red-bellied black snakes, which typically grow around five feet long, are venomous. But unlike their more dangerous cousins the eastern brown snake, their bites are not known to be deadly. The National Australian Museum states that red-bellied black snakes are probably the least dangerous species from the elapid family of snakes for their size found in Australia.

The snakes are known to be shy, typically avoiding direct encounters with humans. They only bite people when severely provoked or threatened.

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Sean Cade from Snake Catchers Australia told Newsweek of the rescue: "The snake was quite relaxed coupled with our experienced team who handle these venomous snakes with care and understanding, which enables the snake to not be threatened or distressed."

Cade said: "The bite from a red bellied black snake is quite painful and would definitely require medical treatment. Quite a few bites occur every year from these snakes, generally due to them being under attack or harassed by humans."

Red-bellied black snakes are found across eastern Australia and are one of the most frequently encountered snakes in the country. Like many snakes who live adjacent to urban areas, they often seek out human habitation to help them regulate their temperature as cold-blooded animals.

Snakes appear in and enter homes and businesses on a regular basis when outside temperatures are high purely for somewhere to cool their core, according to Cade.

"Being ectothermic creatures, reptiles rely on external conditions to warm up and cool down. On average 25 percent of rescues are in a home or building," he said.

Commenting on what a person should do if they find a snake in their home, Cade said: "These snakes and any snake really should be left to experienced professionals.

"If a snake is inside and is in a room you should close the door and put a wet towel across the threshold to contain the snake in one part of the home."

Red bellied black snake found in bed
Images taken by Snake Catchers Australia show a bed bellied black snake found in bed in a suburb of Sydney. The animals often seek out human habitation to help them regulate their temperature. Snake Catchers Australia/Facebook