Help…there’s a snake in my dressing room!!!

So it’s confirmed…we have snakes on the property.  And I am officially dubbed an animal magnet…a weird animal magnet.  I think they choose me.  We’ve had mice, meerkats and now snakes.

We spent the evening at Monte Casino this past Saturday night and got home at around 23h00.  I put the kids in bed and went to our dressing room to change into my pajamas.  I was really anxious to get into bed as the house is really cold at night.

I have told you about our dressing room before.  As mentioned, we haven’t really done anything to this room yet.  So it still looks a mess!

Our unfinished dressing room

So I was sitting on the chair taking my shoes off when for some reason I looked towards the door.  Something caught my eye immediately.  It was wrapped around the corner of the door.

Door where snake curled up

At first, I thought it was a rubber snake because it stood dead still.  Hang on…we don’t have a rubber snake!  Then I realised within a second that this was the real thing!  I let out a few shrieks that woke the whole household and within seconds there was total mayhem!

Ashley came running in and instinctively knew something was definitely wrong.  This was not my normal there-is-a-mouse-in-the-house-shriek.  This was my very first there-is-a-snake-in-my-dressing-room-shriek!  In a panic he kicked back the door and there was the snake right in front of me!  I have never been so freaked out in my life!

I just could not pass it!  What if it jumped on me when I passed?  Eventually I mustered up the courage to run pass.  Now for the record…we have seen a few snakes in our lives (we are from Cape Town and we love the bushveld)…but never had we been faced with a reptile in our home like that.  So lack of knowledge had a lot to do with our reaction.  I mean how often do you share your personal space with a snake?

So then the fight began.  He was brown, long and slender.  Ashley was big, had a broom in the hand, and was scared to death.  Please animal lovers do not hold this against us.  We did not know it was a harmless house snake.

Snake curled up on broom stick

I tell you the truth…it will take me a long time to get over this.  I cannot shake it.  Just the thought of it makes me squeamish and jittery.  We intend to get a Nature Conservationist or Snake specialist to come out to the property and advise us on what steps to take to keep our home safe.

Then we need to put in some ceiling boards and paint the floor.  So maybe the snake episode was not in vain.  At least we now have more urgency to get the room done.  We will keep you posted!

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