FAMILY’S SLITHERY SURPRISE
A HUNT for a toy brought a young girl face to face with a tiger snake in her Preston backyard.
The slippery stowaway was at the bottom of a wooden box and was almost mistaken for a toy by Ruby, 8.
Her father, Dave Hall, said Ruby was leaning over the box close to one of the world’s most venomous snakes.
“She said to me: ‘I didn’t realise we had a toy snake’, then she saw its tongue come out and she screamed,” he said. “I went over thinking it would maybe be a lizard and I looked in and just thought s---.”
He said he hid the children inside and took refuge on top of the trampoline. When Mark Pelley — known as the Snake Hunter — arrived, the snake lunged at him twice before he caught it by the tail.
“The child would have had very little chance (if she was bitten),” he said.
His advice to anyone who finds a snake was to slowly back away from it.
Ruby, brother Ashley and Mark ‘Snake Hunter’ Pelley, with the tiger snake Ruby found in her Preston backyard.