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Carpet python lurking on a Queensland roof finds colourful rainbow lorikeet meal too much to digest

Horrible moment when greedy snake hanging from the roof of a house finds its colorful meal too much to digest

  • A multicolored meal was too much for a cool snake because it was hanging from a roof
  • The carpet python caught a rainbow lorikeet off a property on the Sunshine Coast
  • The serpent was seen wrapped around it with the bird’s head in its mouth
  • The snake ‘spit’ its catch when a reptile expert came to the resident’s aid
  • Snake catcher said the python could have given up the meal because of the weather
  • Cooler climates put the snakes in a less active and lethargic state

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

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

Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 was called to take the reptile away and filmed the event.

A Sunshine Coast snake catcher caught up with this carpet python (pictured), which had probably 'given up' to eat a nice feathered catch of the day due to the cooler climate

A Sunshine Coast snake catcher caught up with this carpet python (pictured), which had probably ‘given up’ to eat a nice feathered catch of the day due to the cooler climate

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

The bird fell to the ground as the snake was put in a bag to be moved elsewhere, away from the house.

The snake catcher speculated that the cool weather could be the reason why the snake gave up eating the big bite.

The reptiles are known to become less active and even lethargic as temperatures drop in 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 and digest the bird,” the snake expert said.

These snakes attack in ambush style and wrap around their prey to suffocate them.

The snake catcher’s social media came alive with comments about the lorikeet’s deadly fate, which it was hoped the snake would “get indigestion.”

While another recommended that pets should be kept in ‘snake-free cages’ and yet another wished they had such a snake in their home

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

These snakes attack in ambush style and wrap around their prey (shown) to suffocate them

These snakes attack in ambush style and wrap around their prey (shown) to suffocate them

What is a carpet python?

This species is widespread and occurs in Northern, Eastern and Southern Australia

Lives in open forests, rainforests, coastal moors, rural areas, suburban parks and gardens

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

This species is not poisonous, but protection against tetanus is recommended after bites

Armed with 80 rearward-facing teeth, a bite from a large carpet python can cause significant cuts 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 approximately 2.1 meters, occasional specimens can reach over three meters

10-47 eggs are laid in early summer. The eggs are hidden in a sheltered place (under construction materials, between hay bales, 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. Brooding females will defend their eggs. The young snakes measure about 39 cm from the snout to the base of the tail

Source: Queensland Museum, Snake Catcher Brisbane

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