A Sunshine Coast snake catcher got the shock of his life when called to a Nambour home to retrieve a snake hiding under a rubbish bin.
When the reptile handler lifted the elderly female resident’s wheelie bin, he discovered an enormous python curled up underneath.
“It’s not often as snake catchers we actually get genuinely surprised but when I lifted the bin and this big unit was underneath it – he’d be over three metres long and about 10 kilos in weight,” said Stu from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers.
“This would be hands down the biggest snake we caught this snake season. This is one of the biggest carpet pythons I’ve ever caught!”
Having brought a pillow case sized bag to hold the python, Stu was forced to retrieve a larger snake bag after realising the size of the reptile he was dealing with.
“The pillow case is definitely not going to be big enough,” he laughed.
Stu skilfully removed the “gentle giant” python from the home’s yard and released it a short distance away in bushland, with a fond, “Off you go you big unit”.