*We’ve all done it before. You’re feeling a little hungry, so you go to the fridge hoping some of that oven fried chicken from last night is still there.
As you’re reaching for the yardbird, you see a large, highly poisonous eastern brown snake peering out at you from underneath the refrigerator.
Yeah, it’s never happened to me either, praise God. But it did happen to an Australian woman recently. And it gets better: soon after being caught, the snake laid 15 eggs…so if she hadn’t found it, she’d have soon had 16 new roommates slithering around her house.
The eastern brown snake is responsible for most of the snakebite deaths in Australia annually. It is the second most poisonous snake in the world.
I am trying very hard to breathe deeply and type calmly.
How in the hell the snake got in the woman’s house is anyone’s guess. But I’ve learned that under your fridge is a great home for snakes: it’s nice and warm and humid under there.
Kinda makes you wanna pitch the fridge and eat out all of the time, doesn’t it?
The homeowner did what any responsible homeowner would do: they called a snake catcher, Snake Catchers Adelaide.
I don’t know how comfortable I’d be living in an area that has a firm that catches snakes, but there you have it. As I think about it, I guess I’d feel better about living in an area WITH a snake catching firm nearby than in one without one.
Snake Catchers Adelaide’s Rolly Burrell, who caught the snake, said it was all in a day’s work.
“I’ve been doing it for 40 years and I make it look easy,” he said. “When you’re doing 300 snakes a month you tend to get a little bit blasé.”
300. Snakes. A month.
“It’s lucky she saw the snake now or she might have been going to the fridge to get a drink later on and seen all these little critters all over the place.”
Just so you know how long you’d have to run for the hills if you find a nest of eastern brown snake eggs, the incubation period is between 55 and 80 days.
And for the die-hard animal lovers out there, Lady Lucifer is recovering from exhaustion after laying the eggs, but she was given some mice and water before being released.
That sure makes you feel better, doesn’t it?