Calliope resident finds Eastern Brown snake in her home
CALLIOPE resident Ellice Lowery checked under her pillow before she went to bed last night after finding an Eastern Brown snake near her house yesterday.
Mrs Lowery was welcomed by the five foot two visitor yesterday morning after an Ergon Energry worker noticed it in a vacant lot in North Ridge Drive. The lot was opposite Mrs Lowery's home.
"We sat and watched it for about 40 minutes and it moved about two metres in that time," she said.
"Lucky we were there because a high school girl was walking straight in that direction on the footpath. One of Australia's deadliest snakes was right in the middle of Calliope."
Mrs Lowery rang Gladstone snake catcher Mike Boen and he immediately came to her home and identified it as an Eastern Brown, the world's second most venomous snake.
The mother of three wasn't shocked, the snake possibly visiting her home before.
"I saw a similar snake that colour on my laundry door about two months ago," she said.
"Mike said it could be the same one because they are very territorial. It slithered away and I went straight back inside because I was scared."
Mr Boen said the snake was a male and had five puncture marks on its body from a suspected dog attack.
"Once Mike took him away he died. He said it was very unusual for a snake to hang around for that long so he must have been sick."
Mrs Lowery said Mr Boen was helpful.
"Mike came straight out and didn't hesitate," she said.
"He gave me tips and ideas on safe snake practice. He was in the middle of renovating his own house but he dropped everything and came. I would like to take $50 to him."
Mrs Lowery has lived at her Calliope home for five years and it is the third snake she has come across.
She said last night she was wary of even putting her feet on the ground when going to the toilet.
"You never know where they are," she said.