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Monstrous python makes a meal out of wild king parrot

The moment a carpet python swallowed a wild king parrot at an Agnes Water home. Contributed.
The moment a carpet python swallowed a wild king parrot at an Agnes Water home. Contributed.

A PHOTO taken by Baffle Creek local Bianca Brierley has captured the moment a monstrous three meter long carpet python made a meal out of a wild king parrot on the roof of her house.

Bianca said she had only just woken up when she looked out the window and saw the snake 'enjoying a large breakfast.'

"It was easily a few metre long, and about 10 cm thick ... before the parrot," she said.

Bianca breeds exotic chickens, and is no stranger to the occasional snake strolling through her home.

"We get a lot of pythons out our way, but it was one of the biggest we have had, it looks like it had been on the roof for a while."

While the snake was eating, Bianca was able to get up close and personal with the snake.

"it didn't even see us standing around," she said.

"It was in some sort of food coma and it's one and only goal was to digest the parrot. Once it had finished, we relocated the snake to the bush a few kilometres from our home."

 

 

Bianca sent the photos to Sunshine Coast snake catcher Stuart McKenzie, who has many followers from all over Queensland and deals with pythons on a day to day basis.

Stuart said while pythons are very common in the Sunshine Coast, they're also very common in the Gladstone region. "They can be found almost anywhere," he said.

"I've been called to jobs and found them on roofs, like this one, in gardens, in trees … they don't really have a preference."

While carpet pythons aren't venomous, they use their bodies as their weapons to suffocate and kill their prey.

"Carpet pythons are restrictors, they use their large thick bodies to suffocate and cut off the blood flow of their prey," Stuart said.

"In this parrot's case, it looks like this python cut of the parrot's blood flow to its head and that's how it died.

"As pythons aren't venomous they are less of a threat to humans, but it's your pets you have to watch out for."

Stuart said he has seen pythons take down large possums, bats, chickens and even small dogs.

"Just because they're not venomous don't underestimate them, they move slower but if they want to strike, they will and it will be fast," he said.

Stuart said if you can see a snake and you're sure it's a python, it's always best to assume the worst and call a snake catcher. "If you have been bitten and you think it's a python, still always treat it as a venomous bite," he said.

"You just can't assume these things, your safest bet is to call an ambulance or go straight to the hospital."

Gladstone's snake hotspots with local snake catcher Mike Boen

1. Toolooa: There are more older style homes in the Toolooa area make it easier for snakes to find comfortable places to hide. Toolooa is the suburb he says he most often called to retrieve snakes.

2. Telina and 3. Kirkwood: Both Kirkwood and Telina are surrounded by bushland where snakes live.

4. Calliope: The town of Calliope covers a large area, including bushland and large blocks, giving snakes plenty of places to hide.

5. Boyne Island and Tannum Sands: These two suburbs also cover a large area, hence the high number of calls. But snakes also like fruit bats and because there are lots of fruit bats in the Boyne Tannum area there are more snakes.

Top five most common snakes in Gladstone area

1. Green tree snake

2. Carpet Python

3. Eastern Brown - venomous

4. Whip snakes (different varieties) - venomous

5. Brown Tree Snakes - venomous

Five tips to avoid being bitten

1. Turn a light on at night - that way you can see a snake before stepping on it

2. Clear the area outside your home to give snakes less places to hide

3. Keep the yard tidy. High grass is the perfect place for a snake to settle

4. Keep things off the ground, such as children's toys, and don't leave rolled up carpet or left over construction materials just lying around

5. Fix screens, doors and walls leaving no gaps and no damage.

If you need Mike, the local snake catcher of the Gladstone region to catch a snake at your place, call him on 0438 793 865

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