One young girl got the surprise of her life when she found a fearsome looking venomous snake hiding in her asthma inhaler.
She was bringing the laundry to her home in Bli Bli, Queensland, Australia when she saw the snake slip out of her clothes.
Upon closer inspection, a small red-bellied black snake was discovered in the girl’s inhaler.
Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers wrote on Facebook: “This is crazy and very happy that we found the snake.
“It’s one of the most incredible places we’ve ever found a snake and they’re happy [snake catcher] Heather could safely catch and relocate it. “
Snake Trapping Team member Stuart McKenzie told 9News : “I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to pick it up and discover it there.
“They’re exploring right now, looking for food before it gets cold again at this time of year. We’ve found them in all sorts of places.
“Just recently a snake got stuck in the tube of a screen door.”
According to the Australian Museum, Red Bellied Black Snakes are among the most common snakes on the east coast of Australia and are responsible for a number of bites each year.
They are a “shy snake” and generally only deliver a serious bite if molested.
Provocation can cause the snake to whip, delivering a quick but clumsy bite, and sometimes they can hold on and chew “wildly”.
Symptoms of the venom include bleeding at the bite site, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, sweating, local or general muscle pain and weakness.
The museum says the snake is “probably the least dangerous elapid snake in Australia,” despite the number of bites it receives each year, with very few, if any, people dying.