Snake dis­guises it­self as tin­sel on Aus­tralia Christ­mas tree

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

MEL­BOURNE: It may be try­ing to dis­guise it­self as tin­sel, but look more closely and this is a deadly tiger snake which climbed up a Christ­mas tree in Aus­tralia. A woman called Ch­eryl no­ticed the un­in­vited and highly ven­omous guest in her Mel­bourne home on Sun­day but kept her cool-mak­ing a cup of tea while she waited for a pro­fes­sional snake-catcher to ar­rive.

“It was a tiger snake. They are very deadly but only if you hurt them,” snake-catcher Barry Gold­smith, who re­moved the rep­tile, told AFP yes­ter­day.

“It prob­a­bly came in through an open door, but Ch­eryl was very sen­si­ble about it. “She didn’t panic, she just took a photo and sent it to the snake-catcher, me, and 20 min­utes later I had the lit­tle bug­ger in a bag.” Aus­tralia is home to 20 of the world’s 25 most ven­omous snakes, in­clud­ing the tiger snake which can grow up to 2.9 me­tres (10 feet) and is usu­ally found in coastal ar­eas. —AFP

MEL­BOURNE: This hand­out from Snake Catcher Vic­to­ria taken yes­ter­day shows a tiger snake at­tempt­ing to dis­guise it­self as tin­sel on a Christ­mas tree in a Mel­bourne home. — AFP

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