Snakes alive! check out this carpet python

A GIANT carpet snake gave a Kearneys Spring man a warm welcome home today.

George Helon's brother found this 7ft carpet python entangled in his security door.

"Had it not been for the nylon flyscreen, who knows what might have happened?" Mr Helon said.

The python was captured by a local snake handler and released in the bush a short time later.

This carpet python was found in a Kearneys Spring home.
This carpet python was found in a Kearneys Spring home.

Carpet python facts

Distribution: The species is widespread and found throughout northern, eastern and southern Australia.

Habitat:
Lives in open forests, rainforests, coastal heaths, rural lands, park lands and suburban gardens.

Habits: It is active both day and night and can be encountered on the ground, in trees or buildings (particularly chicken pens, barns and attics).

Danger: The snake is non-venomous, but tetanus protection is recommended following bites.

Food: It feeds on frogs, lizards, birds, mammals.  Cane toads are sometime taken as prey with fatal consequences for the snake. (info: Queensland Museum)


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