A family was taken aback after finding a venomous snake hiding under a baby’s crib at their home in Netanya, Israel, on Sunday.

Speaking to local media, Avi Bruchim, a licensed snake catcher, said he received a call from the family saying a “small green snake” was hiding inside their ground floor apartment. Upon arrival, the snake catcher was shocked to find a venomous six-foot viper snake hiding in the bedroom under the baby’s crib.

A family member told Bruchim that she tried to grab the reptile with her bare hands mistaking it for a wallet. However, she soon realized it was a snake and immediately withdrew her hand and called him.

Bruchim said it was a miracle that the snake did not bite the woman when she went to grab it as the reptile is usually aggressive and would try to “protect itself by striking immediately.” He added that there were three small children in the family.

Bruchim said he usually released the rescued snakes into the wild or gave it to the Nature and Parks Authority.

The incident comes less than a month after a 56-year-old woman was bitten by a viper in the Israeli town of Shomron. Officials said they found the woman lying in the backyard of the home with fang marks. They found a snake caged near the woman. The woman, who was conscious when the officials arrived at the scene, told them that she looked after snakes and the one in the cage had bitten her. The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Rattlesnake Representational image of a snake. Photo: Getty Images/ David McNew