Snakes, like us, like to find somewhere comfy for a little sleep when they can.
And one cold-blooded critter decided that the perfect spot was in a Nike trainer left in someone’s hallway.
Snake catcher Tony Morrison from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, was called out to remove the Green Tree snake from a shoe on Tuesday after the slippery customer had wrapped itself tightly inside the shoe.
Tony – who has been a snake catcher for 20 years – said that if it was left undisturbed, the snake could well have stayed inside the shoe for days.
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Tony, 40, known as 'The Redlands Snake Catcher', said: "This one takes the old saying 'check your shoes before you put them on' to a whole new level.
He says it was an urgent call: ”The lady spotted the snake inside the shoe in her house in their hallway, she was hysterical on the phone to me to hurry up and remove it."
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He added: "The snake was a Green Tree Snake which thankfully is not a venomous species, but they do pack a nasty bite.
"These snakes are a fairly common species and often find their way into houses.
"I guess in Australia not only do you need to check where you walk, but now you need to check what you walk in.”
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The Green Tree Snake usually hangs around on river banks, especially in long grass, and often sleeps – as its name suggests – in trees.
Their camouflage is so effective that they can often be mistaken for a greenish tree branch at first, although it doesn’t work quite as well against the background of a fluorescent trainer insole.
Tony confirmed that the snake was healthy and later released it into nearby bushland.
Tony added: "Once I removed the snake from the shoe it was released into bushland shortly after."
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