Carpet python lurking on Queensland rooftop finds colorful rainbow lorikeet meal too much to digest


Revolting moment a greedy snake hanging from the roof of a house finds its colorful meal too difficult to digest

  • A multicolored meal was too much for a cool snake because it was hanging from a roof
  • The carpet python had caught a rainbow lorikeet at a Sunshine Coast property
  • The snake was seen coiled around itself with the bird’s head in its mouth
  • The snake ‘spit out’ its catch as a reptile expert came to the resident’s rescue
  • Snake Catcher said the python might have given up on the meal due to the weather
  • Cooler climates induce snakes into a less active and lethargic state

A carpet python found a rainbow lorikeet too much to swallow after wrapping itself around the bird as it hung from a roof.

The snake was spotted in a Sunshine Coast home earlier this month, where the hapless bird’s head was encased in the reptile’s embrace with its wings outstretched.

Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 was called in to take the reptile out and film the event.

A Sunshine Coast snake catcher caught this carpet python (pictured), which had probably ‘given up’ eating a nice catch of the day’s feathers because of the cooler weather

Mr McKenzie wrote on his social media page: ‘We let the snake try to eat the bird but ended up spitting it out as it was very cold and it looked like the snake had given up.’

The bird fell to the ground, while the snake was stuffed into a bag to be moved elsewhere, away from home.

The snake catcher speculated that the cool weather might have been the reason the snake gave up eating the chunk.

Reptiles are known to become less active and even lethargic when temperatures drop during the winter months.

“When I picked up the snake it was extremely cold, so it would have been very difficult for the snake to try to swallow the bird and digest it,” the snake expert said.

These snakes attack from ambush, wrapping themselves around their prey to choke them.

The snake catcher’s social media buzzed with comments about the lorikeet’s fate, with one hoping the snake “catch indigestion”.

While another recommended pet birds be kept in ‘snake proof cages’ and another wished they had a snake like this in their home

“If I had one alive on my roof it would never go hungry, with all the pigeons living under my solar panels,” the post said.

These snakes attack from an ambush, coiling around their prey (pictured) in order to choke them

These snakes attack from an ambush, coiling around their prey (pictured) in order to choke them

What is a carpet python?

This species is widespread and found throughout northern, eastern and southern Australia

Lives in open woodland, rainforest, coastal heathland, rural land, parks and suburban gardens

This snake is active day and night and can be encountered on the ground, in trees or buildings (especially chicken coops, barns and attics)

This species is non-venomous, but protection against tetanus is recommended following bites

Armed with 80 backward-facing teeth, a bite from a large carpet python has the ability to cause major lacerations and punctures.

Feeds on frogs, lizards, birds, mammals. Cane toads are sometimes taken as prey with fatal consequences for the snake

With an impressive average length of around 2.1 meters, occasional specimens can exceed three meters

10 to 47 eggs are laid in early summer. The eggs are concealed in a sheltered site (under building materials, between hay bales, a hollow stump or a depression in the ground) and are incubated by the female who will “shiver” to generate heat.

The female leaves the nest to bask in the morning sun and returns to her eggs in a pre-warmed state. Nesting females will defend their eggs. Newborn snakes measure approximately 39cm from snout to base of tail

Source: Queensland Museum, Snake Catcher Brisbane



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