Snakes alive! Deadly tenants nesting in Australian suburbs
SYDNEY (AFP) - They are the nightmare tenants who can live undetected alongside Australian families for years: the world's deadliest snakes.
Australia is home to some of the most venomous species including the lethal eastern brown, which thrive in urban areas where rubbish bins attract prey such as rats and mice.
Sydney snake handler Andrew Melrose says some species even spend winter months comfortably curled up inside warm roofs, until they are disturbed, often by accident.
"Some people really panic, and they are screaming," says Mr Melrose of the residents who call him for help.