A woman in Australia got the shock of her life when she found a deadly snake slithering near her couches in the lounge room.

Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie with the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 took to Facebook on Monday to share the incident. He wrote he got a call from a woman in Bli Bli, who told him she had found a snake slithering near her couches.

McKenzie and another snake catcher immediately rushed to the home and searched the woman’s lounge room, but couldn’t find the reptile anywhere.

"We then realized that there was a small gap under the bookshelf and when Westy (the other snake catcher) put his phone torch down there to check the snake was inches from his hand," he wrote in the Facebook post.

A video of the rescue shows McKenzie entering the home and searching for the snake in the room. He moves the furniture, including the couches, but doesn’t find the snake anywhere in the room. He finally finds the reptile hiding under the bookshelf. Using the snake tongs, he removes the snake safely and shows it to the camera. McKenzie confirms it is a deadly Red-Bellied Black Snake and places the reptile in a blue bag. The video cuts to him releasing the snake in the woods.

"We safely relocated the snake back outside where it belongs,” McKenzie wrote in the Facebook post.

The video has since gone viral with people appreciating McKenzie for removing the snake safely.

While speaking to International Business Times last year, Joshua Castle, a snake catcher from Brisbane, Australia, talked about why snakes end up in unusual places like bedrooms, kitchens or sometimes in toilets.

"Smaller species often get brought inside the home by a cat, larger species end up inside by accident through cat/dog doors and/or flyscreen holes due to temperature. It may be too hot outside so they need to cool off inside on tiles. They also sneak in through doors and windows that are left open for longer than needed. Some species of snakes can slither up the pipework to your toilet/sink/shower, this often happens by accident too, they either were looking for water or they got into a disagreement with a cat and bolted into the sewage," Joshua Castle told IBT.

A Krabi Pitakpracha Foundation snake handler holds the four-metre (13 feet) king cobra he pulled from a sewer in southern Thailand
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