Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Snake slithered into Humpty Doo woman's bed

A snake was kicked out of bed after slithering between the sheets and over the legs of an unsuspecting woman in Australia's Northern Territory. Hailee Skinner, 24, of Humpty Doo, returned home from dinner, got into bed and started watching a movie when she "felt something touching (her) leg" on Sunday night.

"At first I thought it was a gecko," Ms Skinner said. "I kicked it off and I looked down and saw a snake. All I could see was something slithering. Ms Skinner said she screamed when she saw the reptile on the ground. "I've never been friendly with snakes," Ms Skinner said. "My biggest fear in the moment was that it would bite me then go off into the house and we wouldn't be able to find it.

"I called my mum, who called my brother, who came and wrangled it. My brother said it was an olive python." The snake was about 60cm long. Ms Skinner said she had spotted several snakes, including pythons and green tree snakes, on the deck and in the yard at her family's home in the past nine years. "But I'd never seen one inside and definitely not in my bed," she said.

"I've got no idea how it got there but it might have come in with the washing basket. I'll definitely be checking the bed and making sure there are no open doors or holes or any other way for them to get in from now on." Ms Skinner said her brother released the snake in a nearby swamp.


Anonymous said...

Do Aussies sit around the campfire late at night, trying to figure out the weirdest names for their towns? Just askin'.


Barbwire said...

You beat me to it, Anon, and phrased it better.

tony m said...

Haha ,well not all the time. The locality of Humpty Doo is named after the station originally called ‘Umpity Doo’; however, origins of the name are uncertain. Three derivations have been suggested:

from "the Army slang term "umpty" used in 1917 for the dash when reading Morse code" (however, the station name was in use in 1910)
from a colloquialism to describe "everything done wrong or upside down"
the place was known as "Umdidu", an English language corruption of an Aboriginal term which meant a popular resting place

Anonymous said...

@tony m:

Thanks for the info. But now you've taken all the mystique out of it! (Sniff!) ;)