A WOMAN caught with a corn snake in her house has been put on a 12-month bond, with no conviction recorded, after appearing before Bathurst Local Court.
Vicki Schrader, 28, of Currawong Street, South Bathurst, appeared before magistrate Cate Follent on October 29 charged with intentionally dealing with a biosecurity matter.
Police facts tendered to the court told how at 3.30pm on August 7 this year police were called to the address on an unrelated matter.
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They arrived at 3pm and when a child opened the door, police entered the house to find Schrader was on the bed.
Police loudly announced their presence with Schrader waking, scrambling to her feet and greeting police.
Police explained why they were inside the premises and Schrader spoke with authorities, admitting that she and another person had taken methylamphetamine earlier in the day, causing them to fall asleep.
While inside the premises police were altered to two snakes – a corn snake and a jungle python – inside the premises. They were initially contained in a pillow case in the main bedroom before being placed back in their enclosure.
Police cautioned Schrader before speaking to her in relation to the snakes.
The accused was co-operative with police and stated she had a certificate for the jungle python but not for the corn snake.
The court heard corn snakes were a prohibited biosecurity matter within Australia. Police contacted a snake catcher and requested he attend the location.
A short time later the snake catcher seized the jungle python and the corn snake, and not long after the accused found her licence for the jungle python.