Category Archives: Pythons

Possum tackles large snake: Mother saves its baby joey from grip of python

 

THIS possum reacted as any mother would after a python snatched her baby joey from her back, as the fight for life unfolded in a Queensland backyard.

Christine Birch Williams said the carpet python had been living in the courtyard of her property for quite some time, before trying to make a meal of the wandering possum’s baby, the Sunshine Coast Daily reports.

But the possum’s mother wasn’t going to let that happen, biting and scratching at the snake with the full force of her rage as the python tried to squeeze the life out of her offspring.

The pair of possums came out winners over the snake.
Picture: Christine Birch Williams

A debate has since raged among commenters on whether the resident should have intervened to save the possum instead of taking photos, or was it right to let nature take its course.

“As hard as this would be to watch … this is all a part of nature,” Mr McKenzie said.

“What would you do if you were there at the time? .

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GIANT PYTHON SNAKE: He’s off and racing in Australia

JOCKEY Masayuki Abe was given the fright of his life on Wednesday when a giant snake slithered onto the track in Cairns. North Queensland Australia

Abe posted the awsome snaps of the lerge python snake on his Facebook page

Abe was heading out to the track at about 5.30am when an attendant warned him that there was something on the track. Having ridden the track many times, Abe thought there might have been a kangaroo hopping around on the course.

“There are millions of Kangaroos on tracks in Cairns,” Abe told punters.com. “So off I went just cantering a lap and on the last corner he was there close to the inside track fence.”

The giant python makes its way onto the course proper at Cannon Park. Cairns North Queensland Australia

At first glance, Abe wasn’t quite sure if it was a snake because “I just never seen one that big before.”

“It looked like big crack on the ground in the dark.” he said.

“My horse didn’t even look at that, so I was fine, but in two seconds I realised that was what the gateman was yelling to me and I was so scared after that. I was hoping he’d be gone by the second lap, but he was still there waiting.”

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A jockey watches as snake makes its dash across the track.

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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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