On the first day of Christmas, Down Under Me gave A brown snake in my peaceful tree.
A terrified Adelaide family got the scare of their lives when on Thursday morning they discovered a deadly brown snake hiding among the lamb and balls in their Christmas tree.
It had been hidden in the box, the wood and ornaments had been stored in it.
The hectic family quickly called snake handler Jarrad Waye, who had a job on hand to get the slick snake to leave its festive nest.
“I’ve never dealt with one in a Christmas tree before. It was pretty hard to get out of the wrap around all the lights and wires,” he said.
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Although it was the first time for Mr. Waye to quarrel with this unwanted gift from such a place, it is not the first time a sneaky reptile has been hiding in festive meals.
A tiger snake was allegedly pulled from a Christmas tree in Melbourne while a red-bellied black snake scared a Sunshine Coast family.
For the record, brown, tiger and red-bellied black are three of Australia’s most deadly snakes.
According to Australian Geographic, the red-bellied black snake is the 10th most dangerous, describing its bite as “no picnic”.
“The poison causes blood clotting disorders and muscle and nerve damage, enough to knock you off your feet.”
Meanwhile, a bite from a tiger snake causes “pain in the feet and neck, tingling, numbness and sweating, followed by difficulty breathing and paralysis. The poison also damages the blood and muscles, leading to kidney failure”, making it the third most dangerous Australian snake.
At the top is the fast-moving, aggressive brown snake.
Known for having a dirty temperament, its poison is ranked as the second most toxic in the world.
A bite causes “progressive paralysis and stops the blood from clotting, which can take many doses of antidote to reverse. The victims can collapse within minutes.”
Be sure when you dress your trees this Christmas, kids.