Have a merry Christmasssssss
A GREEN tree snake must have been feeling a little bit festive when it decided to make itself at home in a Cairns family's Christmas tree.
Brinsmead resident Jessica Alexandra discovered an unusual adornment in her large white Christmas tree after erecting the display piece in her home yesterday morning.
"My four-year-old spotted it - a little tree snake, about a metre long, that wrapped itself around the Christmas tree," she said.
"We had only just put the tree up.
"We don't know how it got in, but it gave us a good laugh."
Ms Alexandra contacted a snake catcher to remove the reptile, and released it back into the wild.
Green tree snakes are non-venomous, according to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, and can grow up to 2m long.
Under threat, the forest-dwelling snake raises itself, revealing splashes of blue between its scales.
Ms Alexandra said it was lucky they were able to spot the snake on the white artificial tree.
"We've only just moved here from the Tablelands, so weren't really expecting to find a snake inside.
"We can handle it outside.
"But it gave me a bit of a fright, because the kids were sitting right under it, about a metre away from it.
"It must have thought it was a real tree."