Fangs for nothing - court guards find snake in purse
SECURITY officers at Maroochydore Court house are used to checking bags for knives and drugs.
But the last thing they expected to see was a snake rearing its head out of a purse.
That is exactly what confronted guards recently, as an officer unzipped a large purse to check its contents.
The owner of the purse tried to warn him but it was too late and the snake suddenly poked its head up.
However, it's believed the experienced guard remained calm and simply asked with a smile, "does this belong to you?"
The snake was believed to be a 50cm pet carpet snake.
It belonged to the woman who had been staying with friends who refused to have the snake in their home while she attended her court appointment.
So she took it with her.
The snake was retained by the officers and returned to the woman after her court appearance.
The unusual event has highlighted the need for the security officers to be prepared for anything.
Officers at the court-house refused to comment.