Snakes and Australia many times equals a nightmare waiting to happen. In true form, the nightmare became a reality for an Australian family returning home from holiday (what we here in the U.S. call vacation).
Imagine coming home from a grand old time with the family, opening your front door, and flipping on the lights to see this:
For many, that would be a hard pass. For the family in Bracalba, Queensland, it was most definitely a hard pass. While they stopped long enough to take a couple of pictures of their most unwanted visitor, they quickly dialed up Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7. By the by, let’s point out that a company name with “snake catchers” and “24/7” is downright unsettling.
We would also be remiss if we didn’t point out that in their post, the snake catching company did say someone was on the way to “catch the snake and conduct a roof inspection” on the possibility that the snake could have a few friends with it. Thanks, but no thanks.
Here are some Carpet Python numbers that may cause goosebumps. Adults Carpet Pythons are found to be anywhere from 6.5-12 feet in length with their average coming in around 8 feet. When they have their teeny tiny snake babies (around 1 foot in length when born), female Carpet Pythons can lay up to 18 snake eggs.
Carpet Pythons are non-venomous but are known to have a healthy appetite. Their typical diet consists of small mammals, lizards, and birds but there have been extensive reports of Carpet Pythons teeing up domestic cats or small dogs on their menu.
While Carpet Pythons prefer a rain forest habitat, they have also been found in central desert areas as well as ceilings inside of homes. The Carpet Python is also known for its longevity, living up to 20 years with some going well past that if they happen to be in a controlled setting.
Back to the Bracalba, Queensland family’s terror inducing Carpet Python. Snake Catchers “Dave” was sent out to handle the slithery creature and to everyone’s satisfaction and joy, he caught the python and was able to relocate the pesky creature back into the bush. They posted a few pictures of Dave and his newfound friend as well as an update to his ceiling inspection.
As you can see, after Dave’s inspection he was able to determine that the Carpet Python was in cahoots with no one but himself, which we are sure comes as a huge relief to the family. One has to wonder, though, just how much sleep they got that evening, wondering if perhaps 24/7 may have missed a “friend” and the thought of one of those python’s possibly slithering out of their bedroom light fixtures while they slept.
Of course, FB reactions were expectedly unnerved with one terrified individual commenting, “I swear this is my worst nightmare, if ever I hear a rustle that I feel is in the roof, I imagine a snake coming out of the downlight or AC but have been told it couldn’t happen, now I see this!”
Another FB comment decided that maybe burning down the house would be the best solution. Most comments, as you can imagine, basically confirmed everyone’s nightmare of snakes in the ceiling.
This, as you may know, is not the first time we’ve reported on snake vs. human interaction. We’ve had Black Racers taking a nip out of a woman while she was trimming her hedges. We’ve had a farm irrigation worker pull a snake out of a sprinkler head only to see it shoot into the sky from the water pressure. We’ve had more snakes in ceilings and one instance where a snake wrangler caught a large python only to have it wrap around his neck and take a couple of swipes at him.
It’s that time of year, folks, when the weather gets warmer, and the snakes come out to play. You don’t have to live in Australia in order to have a snake encounter but just remember, for the most part, the only time a snake will attack is if they feel threatened. If you live in an area where snakes are prevalent, know your surroundings. If you happen to come across one, calm is the keyword, though good luck with that.