Imagine that you are in a deep sleep and you suddenly feel something like the jaws of a hairclip on your forehead. You touch it to realise that it’s smooth and long and alive. It’s not a hairclip. It’s a snake!
Emily Hinds, from Coolalinga, Australia, slept after celebrating a win in social netball with a glass of wine on Tuesday night. Around 2 am, she woke up startled to feel something rolling on her head.
“I woke up in that slumber feeling like I’ve rolled onto a hair clip on my head and was thinking ‘Why did the kids put a hair clip on my head’? Then I thought the clip would have to open and close.” she told Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
She somehow managed to reach for the light switch and that’s when the nightmare got real. There was a snake on her bed.
“Its tail was still on my pillow and it was half on the bedhead and cruising up to the louvres. It’s in the curtains heading up and I’ve seen the pattern on it. We’ve seen them around before. I’m still cool, calm, and collected,” Emily said.
Snakes are common in the area. The family once had a 1.8-metre carpet python in the attic and a smaller one in the bedside drawer.
Emily added, “I didn’t think it had bitten me, and then I felt around and looked in the mirror and there’s two puncture marks and there’s blood. I thought, ‘This is cool and this is going to get me some street cred’.”
She woke her husband Jason up to tell him that she was bitten by a snake. Jason quickly grabbed a “snake hook” made from a headless golf driver to catch the snake and drop it on the floor.
When Jason went to pick the reptile by its tail when Emily yelled at him. Because you don’t pick a snake up by the tail.
While the couple argued about how to pick up a snake, the reptile started to slither towards them.
Finally, the husband picked it up behind the head with his glove on and tossed it out into the bushes.
The couple then went back to sleep. “The bite was a little bit tender and I had a headache. But I wonder, was that anything to do with the glass of wine or the lack of sleep?” Emily wondered.
When the family found a similar snake in their breezeway next morning, they wondered if it was the same one coming back or its sibling.
Local snake catcher Luke Allen said that it was unusual behaviour for what was most likely a non-poisonous children’s python. He added that the second snake was unlikely to be the one they had an encounter with in the bedroom. “Usually when they’ve an ordeal, they associate it with stress and danger and usually won’t go back to the same place,” he said.