SLIPPERY CUSTOMER: Linda McKeown recently confronted a red-bellied black snake in her shower, and then wrapped around her rum bottle.PHOTO: CRAIG WARHURST
SLIPPERY CUSTOMER: Linda McKeown recently confronted a red-bellied black snake in her shower, and then wrapped around her rum bottle.PHOTO: CRAIG WARHURST

Deadly snake takes a morning shower

SAMUEL L Jackson battled snakes on a plane and Cedar Pocket resident Linda McKeown now has a newfound appreciation for the film.

Ms McKeown walked in on her own slithering nightmare recently when a morning shower took an unexpected turn.

She had just pushed open the door when she saw a long black object sprawled out on the bath mat.

It took a few seconds to register what lay before her.

"I saw this black thing half in the shower and on the mat," she said.

The "black thing" to which Ms McKeown refers was in fact a red-bellied black snake just shy of a metre long.

The morning routine was thrown into chaos as the Cedar Pocket resident, a Gympie Hospital worker, let out a primal scream.

"The scream was so loud it vibrated in the bathroom and I swear I saw the snake jump," Ms McKeown said.

Home alone, Ms McKeown slammed shut the door and raced outside to collect her thoughts.

"I thought about what I was going to do," she said.

Attempts to phone a snake catcher failed, so Ms McKeown decided to "get on with things" as best she could.

That night, with the door still firmly shut, she slept with one eye open and rose the next morning with great trepidation.

The horror only got worse when the bathroom door was opened to reveal the snake had escaped; the gap beneath the door had not been plugged in the panic of the day before.

With the snake on the loose again, Ms McKeown spent the afternoon enjoying drinks with mates outdoors.

Then she headed indoors to grab a bottle of rum.

The snake had wrapped itself around the rum bottle which was on a bench near a window. A male guest leapt to Ms McKeown's defence, spade in hand, and flicked the intruder through the open window.

Fortunately, a relaxing drink was nearby to end the two-day ordeal.

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