By Dereka OgdenThis morning Sunday 3rd Octoer, while returning from Hervey Bay, where we went to watch the whales, we were listening to Macca on ABC Radio, when a lady called Caroline rang in with a lovely story. She had recently moved from Byron Bay to 13 kms out of Dubbo. It can still be cold enough there to use an electric blanket at night, and she was very surprised and alarmed to find that she had been sharing a bed with a blue-bellied black snake for 2 nights. On the first night she felt something at the foot of the bed and just thought it was the bedclothes rucked up. What a surprise she had when after the second night she saw a snake slide out of her bed and slither into her shower recess. After sharing her warm bed the reptile was a bit thirsty and where better to have a drink than from the moisture at the bottom of the shower. Caroline said he left a white trail showing where he had been and she discovered that the blue-bellied fellow had been very cosy between two blankets at the foot of her bed attracted by the warmth of the electric blanket. He had also curled up under the lounge on which she sat while watching television. Apparently the blue-bellied black is not native to the Dubbo area, so Caroline deduced that he had somehow hitched a ride in a box or bag on the trip from Byron Bay. She learned that he was not a resident of the area from W.I.R.E.S. Being quite frightened about sharing her home with the snake she rang the organisation for help, and he was the star turn for the week as the volunteers used him as an educational focus. He was turned out in the bush at the end of that week, but not given a lift back to Byron Bay. I hope he is getting along fine. Caroline is, and told us about having put on a wake to celebrate her escape from death from her bed mate. It was a great party apparently.