Snake cud­dles up to woman in bed

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Pine­town res­i­dent Jackie Tin­dale was wo­ken up by a rather star­tling guest in her bed - a 1.2 me­tre long snake ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

“I re­alised there was some­thing not right in my bed. I put my hand over my shoul­der and felt some­thing re­ally cold ly­ing next to me,” Tin­dale, 60, told IOL.

“Its head was on my shoul­der. I didn’t re­alise what it was un­til I turned the light on.”

When the 60-year-old told her daugh­ter about the in­truder, she asked, “What do you want me to do?”

Her two dogs mean­while re­mained obliv­i­ous.

The fam­ily con­tacted the neigh­bour­hood watch for help, who in turn con­tacted lo­cal com­mu­nity net­work

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port lo­cal snake en­thu­si­ast John Aberdeen iden­ti­fied it as a harm­less brown house snake.

“It had gone un­der the bed and un­der the dress­ing ta­ble. I man­aged to pull it out with a stick and catch it. Un­for­tu­nately, nowa­days you don’t see them as big as this be­cause people kill them,” he told IOL.

While the brown house snake is not a listed species, it is pro­tected un­der the Western Cape Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Act.

PHO­TOS:

Builder Li Jen be­ing treated in hospi­tal with the street lamp on his back.

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Lam­prophis, capen­sis or the brown house snake.

Snake en­thu­si­ast John Aberdeen with the snake.

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