In a recent study, a significant number of people bitten by the mulga snake (Also known as a King Brown snake) were asleep at the time the bite occurred. Also: its venom gives you diarrhea, so you’ve got that to look forward to if you’re sharing your bed with a mulga. Finding a snake in one’s bed is a rare occurrence, but it can and does happen, even here in the United States. A relative of mine once woke to find a rattlesnake resting on her comforter. Pleasant dreams.
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In a new study that examined 27 cases of people bitten by the mulga snake, researchers found that seven of the victims were asleep when they were bitten, between midnight and 5 a.m.
Such bites were not common — most of the people in the study who were bitten had intentionally made contact with a snake. For instance, one victim was bitten while playing with a snake in the garden, and another was bitten while feeding a pet snake.