IT's the stuff of nightmares - waking up to the sensation of a snake slithering on your bed.
That is what Adele Mallard faced in her Rangewood home this week.
Ms Mallard was fast asleep early on Tuesday morning when she felt a strange sensation.
It was the lithe movements of a snake in her bed.
To make matters worse, she believes the snake tried to bite her.
"I rolled over during the night and I guess he didn't appreciate that," she said.
"I felt it try and bite my hamstring area, which is what woke me, and the sensation of it move.
"I was like 'hon, there's something in the bed, it just bit me' as I slid across to the other side.
"My hubby caught him with a pillowcase.
"Needless to say he's been rehomed."
Snake catcher David Barwell confirmed the snake had been identified as a harmless spotted python.
The snakes are shy in nature and are considered harmless because they are non-venomous.
Spotted pythons do bite sometimes when they feel threatened because of their defensive nature.
Ms Mallard said she was still in disbelief. "I'm not sure how we managed to go back to sleep after that adrenaline rush," she said.
"My biggest fear is spiders actually, so I guess I tell myself it could be worse, it could have been a spider."
Snakes often become more active during summer as the weather warms up.
There are numerous species of pythons that live in North Queensland, including the common carpet snake.
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