UPDATE: Newsroom snake's five mins of fame comes to an end
THE green tree snake that dropped into a regional newsroom looking for a headline has been safely removed.
Snakecatcher William Pledger handled the metre-long reptile, warning that while the juvenile was not venomous, a bite would hurt and draw blood.
And its type could be temperamental.
"If they feel threatened they will go into the defensive straight away," Mr Pledger said.
He said the common misconception with all snakes was that they are aggressive, but their strikes were reactions to feeling threatened.
He said judging by the snakes' warmth it likely spent the night under the kitchen's fridge after slipping in under one of the doors.
It got to star in its own video for its efforts.
SIX Gympie Times journalists at work planning the day's news over their morning coffee had their efforts cut short by a scaly visitor.
A metre-long snake, greeny-gold in colour, was met with a small scream: "There's a snake in the kitchen", when it tried to bust into the morning meeting.
A flurry followed, as the team inspected it from a safe distance, cameras in hand.
Snake-phobic and Gympie Times front officer manager Jo Salmon has boarded the snake from her front office with newspapers until the snake catcher arrives.