From The Electronic Telegraph, London:


Snake Bites Woman in Bed

Wednesday 21 October 1998.

A QUEENSLAND woman awoke early yesterday to find a carpet snake wrapped around her arm and its teeth embedded in her leg. Katherine Bell, 34, who was sleeping alongside her daughter Carla, aged six, staggered out of bed, flailing wildly to free herself from the 6ft reptile, which she threw to the floor before fleeing the room.

The creature escaped through a door into nearby woods but was later found by a snake handler. Carpet snakes are not poisonous but can inflict a painful bite.

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