AT EXACTLY 3.48pm today staff at the Sunshine Coast Daily's Maroochydore office received an urgent email.
"SNAKE OUTSIDE THE FRONT FOYER AREA - BELIEVE IT MAY BE VENOMOUS," the message read.
In response about half a dozen journalists quickly made their way to the foyer, camera phones in hand, hoping to get the scoop of the day.
Sadly we all failed as the snake, which several witnesses of dubious credibility said appeared to be an Eastern Brown, had slithered into the garden and no one was brave (or stupid enough) to go near the serpent's hideaway and photograph it.
Sunshine Coast snake catcher Matt George said it was not uncommon for snakes to remain active during the colder months.
"Winter's definitely our slow season but we're still getting one or two a day at the moment," Mr George said.
"They slow down but many species of snake up here never actually go into hibernation - they just go into a sedated sort of state which is called brumation."
However Mr George said while some snakes may never sleep it was unlikely the Daily's visitor was an Brown Snake.
"Without seeing it I can't be sure but we're mostly seeing Carpet Pythons and Keelbacks at the moment," he said.
"They've mostly been outside but we had one the other day - a carpet python - that had crawled inside a car bonnet in Eumundi to try and stay warm"
Julie Birrell, who was staying at friend Trina Hibberd's home in Mission Beach, woke up at 4.30 on Tuesday morning to find the snake stretched across the lounge room wall.
It had slithered along the veranda, where it knocked a shoe off, up the lounge room wall, flicking on the light and then into the guest bedroom where it knocked over a lamp and draped itself across the end of the bed.
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