Category Archives: Pythons

Snake catchers remove enormous roo-filled python from Cairns property Qld Australia

CAIRNS snake catchers have removed an amethystine python so huge it was mistaken for a crocodile.

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.

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In the Philippines: You can even get a massage from a bunch of massive python snakes

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At Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines, they’re trying to make the zoo more “interactive” — you can now get a massage from four 20ft Burmese pythons. The massage consists of simply putting the pythons — totally 250 kilograms (550 pounds) — on top of you and letting them sliver all over your body.

In case you were wondering, yes, a Burmese python is totally capable of killing you through constriction, and can deliver a pretty mean bite as well. But the zoo feeds each of the pythons “ten or more chickens” prior to each massage in order “to curb any hunger pangs.”

I should note that, according to Wikipedia, “Burmese pythons are opportunistic feeders…they will eat almost any time food is offered.” On the plus side, the massage is free.

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WATCH: Deadly snake trying to swallow a python in backyard

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A GOODNA Queensland Australia woman got a shock while hanging out her washing when she spotted a rare sight; a snake eating another snake.

The 1.8 metre Eastern Brown snake was making a meal out of a slightly smaller python at an Eric St home and the rarely seen spectacle drew a small crowd.

By the time snake catchers Sally and Norman Hill arrived, after being called by the woman who made the discovery, the python was clearly dead but it took the Eastern Brown hours to finish his meal.

The call for help had come in around noon on Monday but the team from N&S Snake Catcher Ipswich, also Goodna residents, had been out on another job and didn’t arrive until just after 1pm.

Even they were shocked.

“It’s very rare to see,” Sally said.

“We’ve never seen an Eastern Brown eating a carpet python before. We stood there watching for hours, it was fascinating.

“Even the snake’s temperament was very calm considering there were so many people standing around watching.”

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It’s not unusual for an Eastern Brown to eat other snakes, but it’s not something that many people actually see happening.

Sally and Norman have been working with snakes for more than 25 years and started a snake catching business after Norman finished up working at Australia Zoo when Steve Irwin died.

Since 2015 they’ve been answering calls for help from Ipswich residents and although they’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of snakes around, they never expected yesterday’s call out to be so eventful.

“We were on another job so it took us about half an hour to 40 minutes to get there,” Sally said.

“We thought that by the time we got there he might have finished eating it but it did take a while.

“The venom would have killed the python straight away.”

Eventually the Hills made the decision to pick up the Eastern Brown, still with a mouthful of python, and put it in a bag to finish eating before releasing it later that night.

Norman said in the past 12 months there’s been a significant increase in the number of snakes seen around the Ipswich area.

“We’ve caught about double what we did last year,” Norman said.

“We’re assuming it’s related to all the development. Years ago I used to go and drop snakes off in the areas where they are building all the new homes.”

With snake sightings on the rise the snake catchers have warned that while it may look easy to approach a wild snake, doing so without the proper experience can be disastrous.

“If you do come across an eastern brown, call a snake catcher. Don’t try to catch it yourself,” Sally said.

“Snakes will be threatened because we are bigger; we are like monsters to them and make them feel threatened.

“If they feel threatened, they will attack and if you’re not quick, if you hesitate you will get bitten.”

Eastern Brown snakes are highly venomous, considered one of the world’s most dangerous snakes and are responsible for the majority of snakebite deaths in Australia.

A bite from an Eastern Brown will cause paralysis and blood clotting.

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Pythons caught fighting while hanging from roof in Queensland Australia

The strength of two male carpet pythons was on display as they hung from the roof of a south-east Queensland home last week, battling it out for the affections of a nearby female.

Footage of the males intertwined was sent through to Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, who posted it to their Facebook page on Sunday night.

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The two carpet pythons were found hanging from a Queensland roof. Photo: Becky Beale/Facebook

Snake catcher Max Jackson said it was an amazing display of strength that indicated the start of breeding season.

“Most snakes, particularly pythons, begin to move around a bit more to search for females at the start of breeding season,” he said.

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The two pythons were wrapped around themselves while hanging from their tails. Photo: Becky Beale/Facebook

“When two males cross paths during this time, it is common for them to have combat, it is pretty gentle, just wrestling, it is a simple matter of overpowering the other one.

“This is a particularly impressive one, they are using so much stretch using their tails to hang there.

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“There is a chance there might be a female in that roof, they must be able to smell a female around there somewhere.”

Mr Jackson said it was easy to tell the pythons, who he estimated weighed about 15 kilograms each, were males fighting because of how much they were moving around.

“You can tell they are two males – when they mate they don’t twist away like they are,” he said.

“When two snakes mate, they can crawl up each other,

“They can stay still for up to two days, it is a pretty minimal movement for that period of time.

“There is lots of effort going into this, they generally only last about 10 minutes and mating is quite a lot longer than that.”

Mr Jackson said he had never seen footage like it before.

“Generally they fight on the ground, but I guess maybe they started on the roof and started falling off,” he said.

“Breeding season has definitely begun now, so this male-to-male combat may be a common sight throughout the coast over the next couple of months.”

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Python Snake makes a meal out of a small kangaroo

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A PYTHON won’t need a feed for a while after eating a kangaroo north of Bundaberg Queensland Australia this week.

Deepwater woman Sherril-lea Wallace said she knew something was amiss when her dog started going off and her horses were staring in the direction of the commotion about 10am on Wednesday.

“Hubby and I went to investigate and found a mother roo giving her distress call and calling for her baby,” she said.

Disturbed by the couple, the mother roo fled, which is when they saw the snake wrapped around the joey, already dead.

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PYTHON BITES MAN WHEN HE GOES TO SLEEP-PILLOW TALK-SNAKE & HUMAN AUSTRALIA

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The Trinity Beach resident was bitten by a spotted python.

A north Queensland man has been bitten by a metre-long snake curled up under a pillow on his bed.

The Trinity Beach resident was going to sleep on Friday night when he slid his hand under the covers, only to get the fright of his life.

Cairns snake catcher Matt Hagan was called to remove the 1.2-metre reptile and comfort the man and his wife, who had been rattled by his screams.

“His wife was in the lounge room at the time and said he was making some noises that weren’t very compatible with sleep,” Mr Hagan said.
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“When I got there, his wife was steadfastly refusing to go back inside the house … she suggested we either burn it down or they were moving to New Zealand.”

The spotted python left the man, who the snake catcher referred to as Jack, with a small nip on the finger before quickly retreating to a bedside table.

The couple’s daughter, Tayla-Jae Todd, commented on the snake catcher’s Facebook page.

“I live in England and mum called me at 8am,” she said.

“I thought someone had died but in the end I died laughing!”

Mr Hagan said it was one of the fattest snakes he’d had to relocate.

A warm bed would seemingly be the ideal spot to curl up for a winter hibernation, but Mr Hagan said snakes are still active because of unseasonably warm weather.

“We’re still getting calls that pets are being eaten, which we usually see die off around this time,” he said.

Mr Hagan also relocated a coastal carpet python from a boat at Kuranda over the weekend.

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