A couple weeks ago, my mother-in-law heard her little princess crying in the bedroom. When she went to check on her cat, she found the ragdoll, proud as can be, with her paw on the head of a snake. Sora had brought another gift for her owner, the one in the picture. Luckily, the snake wasn’t deadly and Sora didn’t receive any injuries, so Yvonne got the snake out of the house and everything worked out.

Not all people are comfortable handling snakes, let alone one in their homes but it’s actually a lot easier to handle a snake than most would think. There are a few things you should remember about dealing with snakes. They are defensive creatures only; meaning if you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone. That being said, you should probably keep track of the one running around your house; just don’t aggravate it. That means keeping all people and pets away from it.

Another note, you absolutely cannot identify a snake by its colouring—turns out, not all brown snakes are brown.  If you can, snap a picture of the snake and send it to a snake catcher; they’ll let you know if it’s deadly or not and you can decide how to deal with the snake from there.

Lastly, it is illegal to kill any kind of snake in Australia. They are protected wildlife. That and there’s a high chance of you getting bitten by trying to kill a snake.

If the snake is not deadly and you are okay approaching it, go ahead and use a broom to sweep the snake out the door. If you do not know the snake is deadly or have any hesitations about handling a snake, call a professional. There are plenty of snake catching professionals around to help free your home of reptiles.  

Now if we could just get the cat to stop bringing them inside.

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