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Carpet python devours goanna while hanging from a roof at retirement village in Nambour, Queensland

Enormous carpet python devours a goanna while hanging from a roof in front of shocked residents at a retirement village

  • The enormous carpet python had slithered into the retirement village last week
  • Horrified onlookers spotted a snake devouring a goanna while hanging from roof
  • Carpet pythons are known to regularly hide out in roofs looking for food

An enormous carpet python has been snapped devouring a helpless goanna while hanging from the roof of a home in a retirement village. 

The snake had slithered into the Churches of Christ Care Sanctuary Park Retirement Village in Nambour, Queensland last week.  

‘Residents got quite the show last week when this carpet python landed on their doorstep,’ the retirement village wrote on Facebook. 

A carpet python was seen devouring a goanna at a retirement village in Queensland

The village shared an incredible image of the snake hanging off the roof with half of the reptile hanging from its mouth.

‘With the drought, many native animals from the neighbouring national park are looking for water and food – this reptile found both!’ 

Social media users were left in awe after viewing the dramatic image.

‘Wow the jaws of the snake must be very powerful to hold that lizard/goanna,’ one person wrote. 

‘Beautiful python, poor lizard,’ added another.

‘Christmas decorations should have been taken down by now,’ joked a third.

Residents at the retirement village were shocked to find the carpet python hanging from a roof

Residents at the retirement village were shocked to find the carpet python hanging from a roof

Carpet pythons are common in Queensland in summer during breeding season. 

The non-poisonous reptile regularly hides out in roofs looking for food such as mammals and birds. 

They can grow up to 2.1 metres or sometimes exceed up to 3 meters. 

How to keep safe during snake season 

– Remove any debris or woodpiles, cut back long grass and shrubbery, remove leaf litter and block any holes around the outside of your house that may look like a safe spot to hide 

– Keep pests under control. Rodents are a good food source for snakes – less food means less snakes.

– Keep bird aviaries and chook pens secure, clean and free of rodents. Ensure you have a fine mesh or shade cloth around the outside of any aviary so our snake friends don’t get stuck in the wire.

– If possible, keep cats inside and snake avoidance training for dogs can literally be a life saver. 

– Call a professional. Never attempt to catch or kill a snake. This is illegal and snakes are incredibly important to the local ecosystem.

SOURCE: Australian Geographic 


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