News

Big python had big plans for dinner

SNAKE ATTACK: Aleesha Harris, 18, saved her kitten Jade from a three metre python. Contributed.
SNAKE ATTACK: Aleesha Harris, 18, saved her kitten Jade from a three metre python. Contributed. Declan Cooley

FOUR-month old Jade is lucky to be alive after being caught in the coils of a three metre long carpet python.

But fortunately for this kitten, she's still got another eight lives to go.

On Sunday Beverly Hodge let her two new kittens, Jade and Jasper, out to play at their property in Agnes Water when the python lunged out from under their house and ensnared Jade in its grip.

Beverly said until that moment she hadn't heard her kitten meow once, but struggling to survive "she learnt really quickly".

"My daughter let out a frenetic scream and tried to tackle the snake with her bare hands," she said.

"The dogs started barking and the other kitten was trying to bite the snake.

"Then I told my daughter Aleesha to put the hose on the snake because they don't like water but I'd written it off," she said.

After an "intense" 15 minutes and with the help of a rake Aleesha was able to free Jade who escaped with only a slight kink in its tail.

Pumped up on adrenaline, Aleesha said all she wanted to do was save her kitten.

But this isn't the first time Beverly, nor her cats, have been confronted by some big snakes .

Two years ago her cat Jack was attacked by another python which wrapped itself around the cat and almost choked the life out of it.

"I just heard a bit of thump and got there in time to see the python wrapping itself around the cat," she said.

"We were hitting the snake on the head and when it let go the cat had no heartbeat until the vet revived it.

"Since then Jack hasn't had any trouble but he's got a problem with his nerves. He's very jumpy," she said.

 In a separate incident Beverly said she'd had a five metre long python "come off the top of the beer fridge" and try to warp itself around her neck.

"By the time I got out of range it was about 6ft off the fridge," she said.

Since the most recent snake attack Beverly has been checking for snakes on the move every night.

But she says the cats are all doing well and back to playing outside.

Topics:  agnes water, python



"Melbourne-like" cafe opens in Gladstone today

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Grand opening of Fresh Fix Café on Goondoon St.

"It's like Melbourne with their lane ways"

"Don't trust indicators”: Driver trainer's message on roundabouts

Candita Hamblin explains why roudnabouts are so problematic amongst Gladstone drivers.

Indicators can't be trusted on some roundabouts.

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'