An unwelcome guest made itself right at home in one Sydney property, choosing an interesting hang out location even the resident didn't spot.
After her dog continued to bark at the foot of her sliding door last Wednesday, the resident – who operates a hairdressing business out of her Orangeville home in the far southwest of the city – decided to investigate and was stunned to find one of the world's most venomous snakes coiled up inside her door frame.
Cory Kerewaro from Reptile Relocation Sydney responded to the resident's call and explained why the juvenile eastern brown snake would have chosen the subtle hiding spot.
“With snakes they associate tight, dark places with safety," he told Yahoo News Australia.
As snakes are cold-blooded, meaning their bodies are unable to thermoregulate, they often seek environments that help change their body temperature, with Corey believing the snake was looking for "somewhere to keep cool" in this instance. The behaviour is similar to when snakes are seen basking in the sun's heat, often observed when the reptiles are attempting to warm themselves.
Scary moment as family bicker while handling deadly snake: 'Typical Aussie drama'
'I love Australia': Tradie's laid-back approach to snake amuses onlookers
Freaky snake find in Aussie family's backyard: 'Now that's wild'
Despite the eastern brown snake being in its infancy, the juvenile's venom can already pack a punch and poses a deadly risk to anything that gets too close to it.
"The toxicity of a snake's venom is the same whether its a juvenile or an adult," Corey said, before likening the strength of a snake's venom to an alcoholic spirit.
"Say you have a shot glass of vodka and a schooner of vodka, the strength is the same just the volume is different."
The bite of an eastern brown snake is incredibly potent and contains powerful presynaptic neurotoxins which result in progressive paralysis. Most of the recorded snake bites in Australia have come from eastern browns, according to Billabong Sanctuary Wildlife Park.
The deadly species is responsible for 60 per cent of Australia's snakebite fatalities every year, Australian Reptile Park’s Billy Collett told Yahoo in February.
Do you have a story tip? Email:
You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter and download the Yahoo News app from the App Store or Google Play.
The NRL has been cracking down on links to betting agencies. Read more here.
A woman claims her car has been vandalised while allegedly parked in her own private parking spot.
Renee Gracie has lifted the lid on her motivation for getting back behind the wheel. Read more here.
The 'wonderful' young woman has suffered numerous serious injuries and remains in an induced coma – with the local community digging deep to help.
The photographer had his fine for the little-known road rule dismissed after presenting a compelling case.
Israel Adesanya has been condemned for his 'petty' and 'classless' actions. Read more here.
The mum-of-four claimed the seller deliberately sold her a dodgy car with fake documents to prove it.
A 38-year-old woman has been found dead in a Sydney apartment over the Easter weekend, with homicide police investigating.
The model stunned in raw, candid shots from a forthcoming issue of Perfect Magazine where she posed completely naked
The spiritual leader ‘regrets the incident’
Eagle-eyed Home and Away fans have shared their shock after seeing the way Marilyn Chambers served a customer. Read more.
The federal government will not be extending the low and middle income tax offset. Here’s what it means for you.
US policymakers say sending American troops is 'on the table' as China ramps up its military aggression.
Aussie banks are offering sizeable cashback deals in a bid to attract new home loan customers.
Parts of Sydney hit their coldest temperature in months this morning as much of the country faces some wild weather this week.
‘He had no claim to those documents, especially the classified documents. I think he was jerking the government around’
Constantine Hatzidakis, the linesman who appeared to elbow Liverpool defender Andy Robertson in the face, is at risk of being sacked, says former referees' chief Keith Hackett. Remarkable footage appeared to show Hatzidakis grabbed by the Scot and throw an elbow in reaction during the half-time break of Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Arsenal. An irate Robertson was led away by team-mates but, while he received a yellow card in the aftermath, it is the action of Hatzidakis that will come under further scrutiny, with referees' body the PGMOL saying Hatzidakis has been stood down during an investigation.
King Charles’s sons and their wives met with well-wishers in a walkabout outside Windsor Castle two days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Brooks Koepka's decision to defect to LIV Golf came back to haunt him at the Masters. Read more here.
Follow all the latest F1 news and reaction, with Ferrari appealing Carlos Sainz’s penalty at the Australian Grand Prix and we look ahead to a potential change of format in Azerbaijan