A neighbour poked his head over Whiterock resident Rini Steenwinkel’s fence, telling her and husband Platon Zapantis to he had found a five-metre reptile metres from their yard.
The well-fed serpent’s length and wallaby-fed girth caught the expert from Cairns Snake Removals expert by surprise upon his arrival.
5m Amethystine python eats fully grown Wallaby. Snake and Wallaby weighing in at around 40 kg. Quite a handful for 2 of us to pickup. This snake was too large to bag. We decided it would be best to try & carry the snake out of the open yard and take him down to a nearby creek.
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“The snake catcher didn’t believe me when I described how big it was, but he turned up and said, ‘Holy crap’,” Ms Steenwinkel said.
“He rang up his friend because and they ended up having to put it in the boot of his car because it was so big.
“He said it would have been very capable of swallowing a six-year-old child.
“They were so impressed, they did it for free.”
The grassed area where it was found is popular with children, including Ms Steenwinkel’s neighbours who use it to ride their motorbikes.
The whopping python was resettled into a nearby creek.