Toowoomba's 10 most terrifying snake encounters
A DEADLY brown snake slithering on a truck driver's dashboard, a red-bellied black snake in a sand pit and a 1.2m snake invading a dunny, here are 10 encounters with snakes on the Darling Downs.
A BROWN snake slithering near the dashboard surprised a truck driver, who veered off the road and crashed at Binjour Range. The man told Gayndah police the snake had emerged near the driver's door as he travelled downhill towards Gayndah.
A RED-bellied black snake was found in a child's sand pit in Nanango.
Snake Catcher Christian Textillis Andersen said the family had dogs and children who often played in the pit.
"MUM, Dad - there's a snake in the toilet!"
They were the words from 11-year-old Sienna, pictured, that frightened the life out of her dad, Dave Byrne.
Dave, who has a particular fear of snakes, initially thought his daughter was playing a prank but, unfortunately, it was all too true.
Dave put a quick call in to his mate Mark Chilcott, a registered snake catcher in Chinchilla.
Within half an hour Mark was trying to wrangle the 1.2m brown snake out of the porcelain throne.
A CECIL Plains woman, 32, amazed doctors by surviving seven strikes from one of Australia's deadliest snakes, the Eastern Brown.
Meegan Harrison-Philbey is recovering in Toowoomba Hospital after a month of fighting for her life in the Intensive Care Unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
Her mother Glennis Philbey said she had spent weeks holding her breath as doctors predicted that her daughter's chances of survival were minimal.
"Meegan was collecting eggs from our chook pen when she stood on the snake," she said.
STAFF at Warwick Hospital were devastated when they could not save their much-loved colleague and mother-of-two Narelle Pails who died after a vicious snake attack.
Mrs Pails, 43, a registered nurse for 25 years, was tending to her garden at the family's Wheatvale home when she was bitten multiple times by a snake on November 2.
WATCHING his four-year-old son go limp in his wife's arms as they waited for an ambulance brought emotions Scott Goodall would not wish on any parent.
Mr Goodall was cooking a barbecue at his family's Goombungee home shortly after 6pm on Friday when his son Lawson, who was playing on the lawn with dogs only metres away, was bitten by a snake.
Doctors kept Lawson in overnight and he was discharged from hospital the next day.
Lunchtime patrons at the Metropole Hotel in Toowoomba were entertained by a snake on the footpath.
Footage of the snake showed it slithering around on the footpath.
A TOOWOOMBA woman drove herself to hospital after she was bitten by what she believes was a death adder.
Snake bite victim Julie was gardening at a friend's home on Alderley St last week when a death adder latched onto her finger.
At the hospital, Julie started to suffer muscle weakness. She was unable to speak properly and had trouble breathing.
Julie said the Toowoomba Hospital contacted a toxicologist who advised her symptoms were related to a death adder bite.
"They kept me in for 24 hours to keep an eye on me, but told me my symptoms would continue for about a month," Julie said.
A TOOWOOMBA woman got more than she bargained for when she found a snake curled up inside a bag of potatoes.
The woman claims she bought the potatoes from a Woolworths in Toowoomba.
The white crowned snake amazingly survived and was released unharmed.
A snake catching Facebook site said the snake was "weakly venomous and very reluctant to bite".
SNAKES need a little retail therapy too ... just ask this eastern brown that was found slithering down Dalby's main street.