Published: Tuesday 20 December, 2016

Venomous Tiger Snake Found in Christmas Tree Camouflaged as Tinsel

We’ve all heard about a snake in a plane. But a snake in a Christmas tree is something new.

Tiger Snake in a Christmas tree

The tiger snake chillin’ in the Christmas tree. (PHOTO: Barry Goldsmith)

A woman found a snake in her Christmas tree in Australia. The 3-foot tiger snake was seen hiding in the Christmas tree and camouflaged as tinsel. If you look at the picture the woman took, it is easy to mistake the snake as part of the decorations.

The woman was only identified as Cheryl. She found the tiger snake curled up in her Christmas tree over the weekend. She didn’t panic, though. She just took a photo of the reptile and sent it to snake catcher Barry Goldsmith, aka Snake Catcher Victoria Australia, who was in Cheryl’s home in 20 minutes.

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Goldsmith posted the incident, and the photo of the tiger snake in the Christmas tree, on his Facebook page:

“Cheryl from Frankston got an early Christmas surprise this morning when she found a new decoration had been added to her tree,” Goldsmith wrote. “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. Ho Ho Ho!”

The snake catcher finished his post with a reminder, and an ad.

The post has since gone viral.

Goldsmith told The Huffington Post that he’d seen snakes in many places but this was the first time he saw one in a Christmas tree.

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Tiger snakes are common in many parts of southern Australia, including Tasmania. They are venomous but the species in protected Down Under. This is why Barry Goldsmith released the snake to the wild after removing it from the Christmas tree.