A 10-foot long snake was captured and relocated this week after being caught lurking under a bin on a woman’s porch in Australia.
The sheer size of the reptile—identified as a carpet python—stunned an expert from the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers who had been called to remove it from a property in Nambour, a town in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland.
Footage of the encounter was uploaded to the organization’s Facebook page Monday week and has since attracted thousands of shares and comments.
“The snakes just keep getting bigger. We were genuinely surprised when we revealed this monster Carpet Python from under the bin on their front porch in Nambour today,” Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers owner Stuart McKenzie wrote in a caption.
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“It is pretty crazy how this big snake somehow fit under the small wheelie bin…this is one of the biggest carpet pythons I’ve caught in years! As you can tell, I was pretty stoked. He was taken a good distance away to live a longer life.”
Based on his experience, McKenzie said in the video that he estimated the snake to be approximately 9.8 foot in length and weighed in at about 22 pounds. He was visibly surprised by the snake, and initially under-equipped to deal with it.
However, the veteran snake catcher was quick to respond. He was seen picking up the snake by the body and maneuvering it around the home and into a bag.
“How good and healthy is this python,” McKenzie said to the camera after relocating the reptile to a wooded area to be released. “It’s not very often as snake catchers we get genuinely surprised… lets get him back in the bush before he bites me in the face.”
According to the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers website, Carpet Pythons do not grow with fangs or venom but “have a mouthful of small sharp needle-like teeth.”
It says the species is “the largest snake found on the Sunshine Coast growing up to 3.5 meters in length [11 feet] and maybe even reaching four meters [13 feet].” Carpet pythons are the most commonly encountered species in the region, the company said.
“They are often found within close proximity to homes and are often not too bothered by human presence compared to other shy snake species,” it says. “Often found in roof spaces making the most of the rats, mice and possums running around up there. They are active day and night.”
Based on the Facebook feed, the catchers have been very busy in recent days, bagging a python of a similar length and “lot thicker than your arm” from a home in Buderim and a massive Red Bellied Black snake from a school last Friday.
On September 15, the organization shocked social media users after posting pictures of a carpet python trying to devour a fully-grown possum while hanging upside down. The week prior, it shared images of a huge snake that had slithered onto a child’s bed.