A CALLIOPE family got the shock of their lives on Monday when they found a snake trying to get in their front door.
Donoly Muchinguri said his mother's terrified screams echoed through the house when she discovered the slithering visitor.
"I woke up this morning to my mother's scream of 'snake! snake'," Mr Muchinguri said.
"I rushed out to find the snake high up on the sliding door, caught between the glass door and the screen.
"A third of its body was in between the sliding door and the screen, the rest dangling out.
"By the time we managed to remove it, it was dead as its head and neck had been crushed when my mother tried to force open the door."
Mr Muchinguri, a fitter and turner, said the snake was like a python.
"It looked like a carpet snake, it had stripes on it like a python," he said.
"It was almost a metre long and had a small head, thin long neck, fat body and very short tail."