Huge python eats bird while hanging upside down in gutter on video

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A huge carpet python was found eating a bird as it hung upside down from a gutter in a house in eastern Australia.

The incident took place in the rural town of Palmwoods in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland.

The owners called the local 24/7 Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers run by Stuart McKenzie, who then responded to the scene.

“Isn’t that crazy. Today I was called to a Palmwoods house for a devious python rug hanging from the house gutter,” McKenzie wrote in a Facebook post with a video. of the scene published on Saturday.

“It’s the middle of winter, rainy and cold, but this beautiful carpet python has decided it still wants to feed on birds.”

McKenzie said in the video that it is a common misconception in Australia that snakes hibernate and disappear for three months in the winter. In fact, they are always active, especially on sunny winter days.

Despite being relatively cold and humid the day the snake was spotted, McKenzie said the carpet python “always took advantage” of a bird that got too close.

The video shows McKenzie arriving home, at which point one of the owners can be heard saying he had the “shock” of his life when they saw the snake.

The clip then shows the snake hanging from the gutter trying to swallow the bird whole, with several loose feathers strewn across its body.

McKenzie said he would wait for the snake to completely swallow the bird before attempting to remove it.

“It’s crazy how big a food they can eat, usually four or five times the size of their head,” he said in the video.

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After the snake finished its meal, McKenzie removed the snake from the property before it could disappear.

He took the python in a bag to a secluded location near a stream before releasing it safely back into the wild.

Carpet pythons are commonly found in northern, eastern and southern Australia, living in open forests, rainforests, coastal areas, rural areas, parks and suburban gardens.

Snakes, which are not poisonous, can grow over 10 feet in length. Like other pythons, they kill their prey, usually small mammals, birds, and lizards, using a method known as constriction.

This technique involves the snake wrapping itself around the prey and gradually compressing the animal to death with its powerful muscles, before consuming it whole.

Image of a python carpet. A carpet python has been found trying to eat an upside-down bird while hanging from a gutter in a house in Australia.
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