Eight weird places people have found snakes over summer because this is what it’s like living in Australia

However you feel about snakes, it’s almost certain you don’t expect to see one when you’re shopping for underwear.

Or looking for your car after a gym session.

But, really, we live in Australia. Maybe we should know better. We should indeed expect to find various reptiles and arachnids around most corners, and where you’d least expect to find them.

There have been enough snakes-in-unexpected-places stories this summer that it’s worth a quick recap.

So where could you have found a snake near you?

The underwear section of Target

The customer, who was a former employee of the store, noticed the snake when she was reaching for some underwear and saw it staring at her. Read it here

Lithgow Target ushered a snake out the door on Wednesday. Picture: FILE IMAGE

Lithgow Target ushered a snake out the door on Wednesday. Picture: FILE IMAGE

Fighting a redback spider

In the red corner: a deadly spider. 

In the brown corner: a venomous snake. Read it here

Eating another snake like it’s no big deal

“I figured it was two snakes that I thought were mating, actually, then realised they were different species,”

Read it here

Photo: Liz Williams

Photo: Liz Williams

Under your car in the carpark

In a two week period the Australian Snake Catchers have rescued more than 20 snakes from backyards across parts of Sydney. Read it here

Seeking shelter: A black snake was spotted in Narellan Town Centre a few weeks ago - this is not the first snake sighting at the centre. Picture: Facebook

Seeking shelter: A black snake was spotted in Narellan Town Centre a few weeks ago - this is not the first snake sighting at the centre. Picture: Facebook

In your helmet at the fire station

What is worse than finding a snake in your house? Finding a snake inside your helmet. Read it here

The snake was found inside the helmet. Picture: Fire & Rescue NSW‏ on Twitter

The snake was found inside the helmet. Picture: Fire & Rescue NSW‏ on Twitter

In the arms of a 10-year-old

“I really enjoyed getting to handle them.” Read it here

Toby Morrison, 10, with "Closet" the Mount Chappell Island Tiger snake. Picture: Paul Scambler.

Toby Morrison, 10, with "Closet" the Mount Chappell Island Tiger snake. Picture: Paul Scambler.

In your bedroom

She went to the bathroom after retiring for the night. It was dark. Let’s just say the noise she thought was the cat … well, it wasn’t.

Read it here

In your front yard

“Keeping your lawn short and yard free of debris will reduce the likelihood of snakes in your yard.” Read it here

Casually, in an empty car spot

“You saw Snakes on a Plane [and] Snakes on a Train, now we bring you snakes in a car park”.

Read it here

A snake in the car park at Marketown Newcastle.

A snake in the car park at Marketown Newcastle.

Eating ANOTHER SNAKE

“My father used to say if you have a black snake in your hay shed it’d eat a brown snake – but this was the other way round.” Read it here

A brown snake eating a black snake on a Bethanga farm. Pictures: John Northey

A brown snake eating a black snake on a Bethanga farm. Pictures: John Northey

In the cafe’s planter box

Breakfast included an impromptu reptile show at this Newcastle cafe when the snake one diner thought was a toy actually came to life!

Read it here

The snake at Lexies on the Beach at Stockton. Photo: Vinny Sovechles

The snake at Lexies on the Beach at Stockton. Photo: Vinny Sovechles

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