Not to be mistaken for tinsel: deadly snake finds place on Christmas tree

We all know Christmas in Australia can be very unique compared to many other parts of the world. But a Victorian woman got more than she bargained for when she discovered an unwelcome guest tangled in her tree.

While some countries hit the ski slopes, we head to the beach and while they sip warm egg nog by a fire, we grab a cold can from the Esky, and while they hang holly from their Christmas tree, we hang snakes…wait, what?!

Frankston woman, Cheryl, is unlikely to ever forget this Christmas after finding a tiger snake tangled amongst the tinsel and ornaments on her Christmas tree on Sunday.

Snake Catcher Victoria posted this startling photo on their Facebook page.

“Cheryl from Frankston got an early Christmas surprise this morning when she found a new decoration had been added to her tree,” the post says.

“She didn’t panic, she just took a photo and sent it to the snake catcher, me, and 20 minutes later I had the little bugger in a bag.”

The post has been shared more than 1000 times, received more than 3000 reactions and 800 comments as of Monday.

“I would have set fire to the tree,” Facebook follower Lisa Watt wrote.

And Nicole Pollard wrote: “Well I was just sitting next to my Xmas tree, not anymore though”.

Professional snake catcher Barry Goldsmith says ’tis the season for snakes.

“It’s one of the more different ones, but we find them in all sorts of places,” Barry told The Guardian.

“Tiger snakes are very good climbers.”

He urged anyone who finds an unwanted holiday guest in or around their home to call in a professional, as killing snakes is dangerous and illegal.

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