Janice and Peter Keys stand outside their mailbox, where a snake has set up camp, yesterday afternoon.
Janice and Peter Keys stand outside their mailbox, where a snake has set up camp, yesterday afternoon. Amy Haydock

Bills not only shock in letterbox

WITH living costs soaring, Rockhampton’s Janice Keys knew a nasty surprise would turn up in her letter box one day soon.

She wasn’t ready for a snake though.

The serpent slipped into Janice and Peter Keys’ Melbourne Street letterbox.

Janice is reluctant to pay a city snake catcher the asking price for its removal.

In the meantime she’s stuck a container on top of the letterbox for future mail and a note warning the postie about the possible danger.

“We’ll try and coax it out,” Janice said yesterday.

“It’s probably just a tree snake ... it looks like it’s got a yellow underbelly.”

She said Peter found the snake when he was getting the mail earlier this week.

“He went out to get the mail and one of the letters fell on the ground,” Janice said.

“He’d opened the letter box using the key. He felt something moving in there when he got the letters, but didn’t take much notice.

“It was only later when he was telling me he went back to have a look and found it.”

She said the snake was definitely alive.

Janice said she’d seen plenty of snakes in her yard over the years, including a couple of big brown ones in recent weeks.

If she had her way they’d be stamped out.

“I think the only good snake is a dead one,” said Janice, who spent her early years living in the bush.

Janice said she’d been quoted $50 to get the snake removed.

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