Carpet python lurking on roof finds tasty rainbow lorikeet too much

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

  • A multi-coloured meal was too much for one cool snake as it hung off a roof 
  • The carpet python had caught a rainbow lorikeet at a Sunshine Coast property
  • The snake was seen wrapped around it with the bird’s head in its mouth 
  • The snake ‘spat out’ its catch as a reptile expert came to the resident’s rescue
  • Snake catcher said the python could have given up on the meal due to weather 
  • Cooler climates induce the 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 while hanging from a roof. 

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

    Stuart McKenzie from 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), who had probably 'given up' eating a nice feathery catch of the day because of the cooler climate

    A Sunshine Coast snake catcher caught up with this carpet python (pictured), who had probably ‘given up’ eating a nice feathery catch of the day because of the cooler climate

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

    The bird dropped to the floor, as the snake was stuffed into a bag to be relocated elsewhere, away from the home.  

    The snake catcher speculated the cool weather could have been the reason why the snake gave up eating the large morsel. 

    The reptiles are known to become less active and even lethargic when temperatures drop in the winter months.

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

    These snakes attack in ambush style, wrapping around their prey in order to suffocate them. 

    The snake catcher’s social media came alive with comments on the deadly plight of the lorikeet, with one hoping the snake ‘gets indigestion’.

    While another recommended pet birds to be kept in ‘snake proof cages’ and one more wished they had a snake like that in their house 

    ‘If I had one living 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, wrapping around their prey (pictured) in order to suffocate them

    These snakes attack in ambush style, wrapping around their prey (pictured) in order to suffocate them

    What is a carpet python?

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

    Lives in open forests, rainforests, coastal heaths, rural lands, park lands and suburban gardens

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

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

    Armed with 80 backward facing teeth, a bite from a large Carpet Python has the capacity to cause substantial lacerations and punctures

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

    At an impressive average length of around 2.1 metres, occasional specimens can exceed three metres 

    10–47 eggs are laid in early summer. The eggs are concealed in a sheltered site (beneath building materials, between hay bales, hollow stump or a depression in 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-heated condition. Nesting females will defend their eggs. The hatchling snakes measure around 39 cm from the snout to the base of the tail 

    Source: Queensland Museum, Snake Catcher Brisbane

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