AN EXPERT snake catcher is warning Ipswich residents to be on the lookout for the reptiles after a close encounter at a Peak Crossing home yesterday.
Andrew Smedley was called to the property to deal with a red belly black that had curled up among the cuddly toys in a little girl's bedroom.
"Luckily she wasn't in the room at the time and thankfully her dad spotted the snake up on the window sill," he said in a Facebook post.
"He did the right thing by shutting the door and placing a towel at bottom to keep it contained until I got there.
"It's hard to say how long it had been in the house or the room.
"It was a bit of handful to get out as it kept wrapping itself around the toys.
"Fortunately it all ended well and he's now relocated safely."
Tips to stay snake safe
- Tell kids to wear enclosed shoes; kids are often bitten on the feet after standing on snakes
- If you find a snake, don't corner it, just move away and let it escape
What to do if bitten
- Assume all snakes are venomous
- Call 000 immediately
- Don't wash the wound
- Firmly wrap the bite area in a bandage
- Limit movement