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Mum’s Unexpected Discovery while Co-Sleeping with her Kids

Only in Australia! An Aussie mum of three has shared a terrifying tale on TikTok involving a snake in the bed while co-sleeping with her kids. No. Not a toy snake. An actual snake. 

Briellen Dee explained on TikTok how she and her fiancee co-sleep with their three children. That’s five in a bed (four in a bed and one in a side sleeper next to the bed), so the bed is already pretty full. 

There’s a snake in the bed

Earlier this week Briellen woke up around 4am with two toddlers on either side of her and her baby on top of her. Pretty standard #mumsleep. But what woke her up was the feeling of something cold slithering along her leg. 

Briellen knew what it was immediately and somehow managed to remain calm. 

“I had the baby on me, and my two toddlers on either side, and I knew, in an instant, I had a snake in the bed.”

Her partner turned on the light and they stripped the cover back. And, yep. There was a metre and a half python just chilling in the bed with them. 

“I’ve taught my kids to not be afraid of snakes, so they didn’t touch it, but they were stoked that there was a snake in their bed. We weren’t so stoked. But we were calm.”

snake in the bed while co-sleeping
Briellen shares her snake story on TikTok. Source: Tiktok/Instagram

Briellen then watched the kids while her fiancee, Nick, managed to guide the snake into a pillow and out the door. And, somehow, no one wet themselves or crawled into a ball and rocked in the corner.

But, Briellen admits, she didn’t get much sleep after that. 

@briellen.dee Story time! No word of a lie. I woke up with a python in my bed!!!!! Only in Australia!!!! #python #cosleeping #wildlife #onlyinaustralia #momsoftiktok #mumsoftiktok #tiktok #foryoupage #fyp #foryou #viral ♬ original sound – Briellen.Banks.Coco

That’s a whole lot of nope

Briellen’s bedtime story has been viewed over 2.2 million times and most people who are not from Australia who watched it have decided against ever coming here. 

“All I heard was never visit Australia and I’m ok with that,” said one. 

“Australia? Not for me, y’all stay safe though,” another added. 

Out of all the terrifying things that torment us in Australia, snakes have to be one of the worst. We’ve shared a few other stories of Nope Ropes ruining lives:

Snakes in cars

Last year a Brisbane family also discovered a carpet python sunbathing in their car. The family had stopped for a picnic, left the windows open and guess who decided to make himself at home? 

snake found in car
Source: Facebook

Snakes in water bottles, Lego and even a baby’s cot

Then there was that time a Brisbane mum emptied the extra water out of her son’s water bottle and out came a baby carpet python.

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And we cannot forget that time a Gold Coast mum went to put her baby down for a nap and discovered a deadly Eastern Brown had already claimed the space. 

eastern brown snake in cot

Another Gold Coast mum discovered a massive Eastern Brown wrapped around her son’s LEGO.

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What to do if your child is bitten

Below are some tips if you or your child ever come into contact with a snake and get bitten: 

  1. Do not panic – Snake venom travels through the body during muscle contractions. Help your child stay calm to keep the muscles from contracting and the venom from spreading.
  2. Don’t let your child walk – Try not to move him at all. And, if you must, carry him instead. Again, any movement can push the venom through the body quicker.
  3. Bandage the area – An elastic compression bandage is best, wrapped as tightly as you would wrap a sprained ankle.
  4. Head to the ER – It’s too risky to assume that the snake isn’t venomous. Go in, no matter what. The emergency department will be able to evaluate your child and give the appropriate anti-venom.
  5. Do not try DIY – Don’t try to wash the area of the bite, suck out the venom. 
  6. Do not attempt to identify the snake – No need to try and take a photo of the offender or try and catch a glimpse of it. Let it go.

Know the signs of a snake bite

    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Headaches
    • Drowsiness
    • Droopy eyelids
    • Inability for blood to clot

For more information on snake safety, see: Snake Survival Guide. 





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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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