Woman Finds Deadly Snake Hiding Inside Her Bathroom Scales

A highly venomous snake responsible for more human fatalities in Australia than any other species has been found inside a set of bathroom scales in a house in Queensland.

The baby eastern brown snake was first spotted by the family pet, before the homeowner saw it slithering under the scales and trapped it inside her ensuite bathroom, where it remained overnight.

"My poor dog found it! It could have bloody been in there the whole night, couldn't it?" she's heard exclaiming, clearly very shaken, in a video that was posted to Facebook by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, a company that offers snake removal services in Australia's Sunshine Coast Region.

Stu, the snake catcher who was called in to remove it, said it was "lucky" she saw the snake, as it managed to conceal itself so effectively that he failed to spot it the first time he checked the scales.

He initially looked at the scales, then searched the rest of the bathroom and the adjoining bedroom, before scanning the scales again and spotting a sliver of the snake's tail through a tiny gap between the scales' plates.

Brown Snake in Bathroom Scales! 😱This is certainly not the surprise you need when you walk into your ensuite bathroom. It's lucky the lady at the home...

"There is what looks like a brown snake in the base of these scales. How the heck are we going to get this out?" he says in the video.

Fortunately, all it takes for the snake to wriggle out of its hiding place is a few taps of Stu's snake hook.

"It's lucky the lady saw this tiny little thing in there. He's at that dangerous size where you don't really want to handle him," the snake catcher says, identifying it as a baby eastern brown snake from the distinctive markings surrounding its head.

The snake was subsequently released back into the wild.

"This is certainly not the surprise you need when you walk into your ensuite bathroom," Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 wrote.

"It's amazing where they can hide and that's why it's so important to call a professional snake catcher out to find it, rather than call the neighbour next door who thinks they are a snake catcher because they lived in the bush once."

Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 described the eastern brown snake as the second most toxic land snake in the world, and said that they will usually flee from humans if they're threatened. However, if they feel cornered they may attack.

Last month, a family in Queensland found an eastern brown snake swimming in their backyard pool, and last week a couple sucked a red-bellied black snake, another venomous species, into their vacuum cleaner.

A venomous Eastern Brown Snake in Australia
An eastern brown snake is photographed in the Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills on September 25, 2012. A baby eastern brown, unrelated to the animal in this picture, has been found concealed inside a set of bathroom scales in Queensland. William West/AFP via Getty Images