Family Spot Massive Python Hiding On Their Veranda
In Australia, people get plenty of opportunities to lounge about in the sun.
But while in the UK we can fling ourselves down for a bathe wherever we so please (weather permitting), in the land down under, they have to be constantly mindful of creatures of all shapes and sizes.
One family was reminded of this lesson in the form of a massive python, which they found hiding on their veranda.
Naturally alarmed by the slithery visitor to their home in Buderim, Queensland, the family called the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers (SCSC) to do what they do best - catch snakes.
To highlight how well-hidden the snake was, SCSC shared a picture of the sofa area on the veranda to their Facebook page and invited people to 'spot the snake'.
Hundreds of people commented, most of whom were indignant that they couldn't find the snake. To be fair, it was pretty impossible, given that almost all of the legless beast was hidden behind the cushions.
Fortunately the following day - just as people were beginning to doubt if there was ever a snake there at all - Stu from SCSC shared a video of him catching the discreet serpent.
Captioning the video, he said: "Imagine going out onto your deck in the morning and sitting down in the warm morning sun only to realise something else is there enjoying the sun's warmth as well. This is the video from the 'Spot the snake' post yesterday.
"Carpet Pythons are the most common snake we catch and don't seem too bothered by humans. They will often hang out in entertaining areas like this and won't move, even if people are around. Majority of other snakes will retreat to cover when they see someone nearby."
In the video, Stu can be seen picking up the drowsy sunbathing snake, which he estimates to be about 2m long. Then, after a small amount of swerving from the snake, he bags it up, before returning it to the wild - away from the family's small pets.
But while the carpet python was undeniably massive, in the grand scheme of things, it was only a tiddler. For while the veranda snake may have no problems polishing off a chihuahua, it would struggle to eat a crocodile whole - as a python in Mount Isa, Queensland did last month.
Pictures taken by an intrepid kayaker show the olive python unhinging its jaw and devouring the croc in one.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers