Getting a midnight call to remove a snake from a girl’s nightlight just inches from her pillow is just part of a typical day for two Gold Coast snake catchers and their one-year-old son.
Tony Harrison and Brooke Smith had their son sleeping in the back seat and a video camera rolling as they responded to a sudden request for their snake-catching service.
“They really wanted someone out there,” Mr Harrison told the ABC.
“That’s why we are in our pyjamas.”
The reptile handler with 25 years of experience provides commentary for the YouTube video as they drive along an unlit street in the Gold Coast hinterland.
“When there’s a low pressure system coming that usually prompts a lot of snakes,” he says as they arrive at at a brick home on an unlit street in Beechmont.
The snake catchers are led into a girl’s bedroom where the snake’s tail can be seen hanging down from the wall-mounted nightlight.
“Cheeky bugger,” Ms Smith says.
“That’s a funny-looking extension cord.”
She reaches out towards the snake with bare hands.
It was only four years ago that she caught her first snake – a carpet python – at a Gold Coast church.
The snake slips from her hands and falls down the wall and under the bed.
Ms Smith casually reaches under and grabs the snake by the centre of its body.
“He’s a brown tree snake, as you said,” she tells the residents.
“They’re a little bit venomous, but they’re not going to kill you. They’re usually a bit bitey.”
And just on cue the snake strikes at Ms Smith, narrowly missing her.
“In the bag you goose,” she tells the snake calmly.
“It’s a big scary bag and it’s a little bit stinky like other snakes so he’s a bit worried about that.”
The snake was eventually put in the bag, before being released into nearby bushland.