Sweet dreams became nightmares when seven deadly snakes were found under a pile of toys on a five-year-old girl’s bed in Melbourne.
Horrifying video shows Raymond Hoser, who runs Snakebusters, enter the youngsters bedroom and pull back a stuffed animal to reveal two adult snakes and five baby ones.
Using his bare hands, the snake catcher gently picked up the adults first, before using his fingers to rest the babies on his hand.
A snake catcher was called to retrieve seven deadly copperhead snakes from the bed of a five-year-old girl
Raymond Hoser picked each snake up with his bare hands after deciding against bringing any equipment inside with him
Mr Hoser told Daily Mail Australia Copperhead snakes were a rare sight to see hiding in a bed – with tiger snakes and red bellies more likely to be snuggling up under the covers.
‘Copperheads are useless climbers,’ he explained.
The Snake Man said there was a big clue as to how the snake got up onto the young girl’s bed, and it was completely preventable.
‘There was mess next to the bed and it must have crawled up over that,’ he laughed.
He walked in with no snake catching equipment, believing he had been called out to a well produced prank.
‘When they said in the bed i thought it was an escaped pet or a rubber snake,’ he said.
Raymond Hoser found five baby snakes and two adults, snuggled together under stuffed animals and a Furby
Mr Hoser says most snakes in Melbourne are deadly, and he is often called out to collect brown snakes, tiger snakes and copperheads
According to Mr Hoser, who catches between 300 and 400 snakes a year, most of the reptiles he is called out to retrieve are deadly – but he’s not afraid of bites.
‘In Melbourne, 99 per cent of what we find can kill you,’ he said.
‘Brown snakes, tiger snakes and copperheads are basically all we have – and they’re all in the top five deadliest snakes in the world.’
Mr Hoser says a snake’s body language can indicate if it is planning to bite, and the snakes in the bed appeared docile, so he felt comfortable picking them up with his bare hands.
‘Copperheads in particular, though they’re deadly, don’t bite much,’ he explained.
‘The babies are deadly too, but you’d have to be bloody unlucky to be killed by a baby copperhead.
‘You get to know the body language of the snake, so you know if they’re going to bite. These snakes weren’t going to bite.’
The ‘snakebuster’ says he is able to determine if a snake will bite him based on its body language