Everyone enjoys taking naps, and snakes certainly do too.
A venomous snake that had lain down in a locker in a classroom at a daycare facility in the Gold Coast, a coastal city in eastern Australia, was removed by snake catcher Tim Hudson on Tuesday morning.
“[The] kids just finished nap time and a teacher went to move a backpack on the bottom locker and noticed a [red-bellied] black snake curled up there,” Hudson, of Hudson Snake Catching, told Newsweek.
“They were in shock so immediately called a local based snake catcher—aka us—and isolated it in the room and sealed the bottom of every door with a rolled-up towel.”
Along Australia’s east coast, red-bellied black snakes can be found. They are distinguished by their shiny black bodies and recognisable red underbelly, from which they get their name. According to the Australian Museum, the species is typically found in moist environments like swamps and streams and can grow to a maximum height of approximately 5 to 6.5 feet.
The snake’s potent venom targets the muscles and blood. According to a document provided by the Victoria state government, there haven’t been any documented human deaths in Australia as a result of red-bellied black snake bites in recent memory, and the timid species steers clear of confrontations with aggressive animals.