March 22, 2022 | Susan Napier-Sewell

What does a bad day look like? Deadly snakes & spiders invade homes after Australian floods

A plague of snakes and spiders — many deadly poisonous — has turned up in large numbers nesting in largely ruined or soggy homes after Australia’s recent destructive floods.

For many unlucky residents, returning home after the devastating floods in Australia has meant coming back to more than ruined furniture and clothing. Snakes and spiders, some deadly poisonous, have also been heading indoors, with many found nestling in people’s sofas and beds.

Pythons, venomous red-bellied snakes and eastern browns — the second most lethal on the planet after the inland taipan, also an Australian species — are on the move after floods across the populous east forced them from their lowland hideouts.

Read more at “Issue of the day: The plague of snakes and spiders in sofas, beds and shoes,” Maureen Sugden, Mon., Mar. 14, 2022.

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