This representational image shows a python on a tree inside his enclosure at the Dhupguri snake park in India, Feb. 8, 2006. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A woman in Australia's Queensland was horrified to wake up next to a giant 13-foot-long python in her bed. The 25-year-old said the serpent was sizing her up for a meal and that's when she bravely caught it and tossed it out of the bed.

Katjana Shoyer reportedly felt something "super cold" press against her back during the night and that's when she awoke to discover the huge snake slithering next to her. She said her "heart stopped" when she jumped up and saw the gigantic carpet python. Shoyer gathered some strength and grabbed a nearby fishing spear to hold the reptile and toss it into an empty rubbish bin. With the help of her mother, the young woman put a lid on the bin.

“I had only been asleep for about two hours when it all happened. I was sleeping on my side, and had rolled over onto my back, when I felt something cold underneath me," Shoyer said. “I went to see what it was and saw this snake stretched out next to me. I instantly got goosebumps and shivers up my spine. I couldn’t believe it. I jumped to the other side of the room in complete shock. I went to grab my mum from the other room. I just grabbed an empty bin and got a fishing spear, and it just started twirling around it.

“I managed to get it into the bin and put it outside with the lid on. It was so heavy, probably more than 20 kilograms [44 pounds]. After that I just went back to bed. It didn’t worry me too much. I just needed it to be out of my room, so I could get some sleep. The way it was stretched out I think it could have been sizing me up for a meal. But I’m nearly 6ft tall so it wouldn’t have been a light snack.”

The next morning, she went down to nearby bushland to release the snake back into the wild.

This was not the first time Shoyer saw a python as the town where she lives is filled with snakes, however, she never had such a close encounter.

“We get a lot of different snakes up here, and they can get really big. I know this woman who actually found a python trying to wrap itself around her baby. So it’s actually pretty common," she said, according to Daily Mail. “I think it may have got in by the back door or maybe the window. But I’m not really sure how long it had been in my room before I discovered it. But so far it hasn’t returned, so hopefully, I won’t be seeing it in my bed again.”

She added that the video of the incident has "freaked out" her friends and family.