SNAKE IN THE SAND

Meet the pet python who loves the beach

NT News - - FRONT PAGE - LAU­REN ROBERTS

MOST peo­ple take their dog out for a Sun­day stroll, but Leanyer res­i­dents Mon Atkins and Jack Wild en­joy tak­ing snake Sym­ston for a slither along the coast.

Sym­ston re­ceived a bit of at­ten­tion over the week­end, as she made her way along the white sandy Lee Point beaches.

Ms Atkins said the NT car­pet python was about 6ft long, and en­joyed get­ting out of her cage and ex­plor­ing the great out­doors.

“We had a lot of peo­ple com­ing up to us to say: ‘You only see that in the Ter­ri­tory’,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one had their dogs, we had a snake — we just put it down there be­cause it can’t go any­where.”

Ms Atkins said son and rep­tile lover Jack, 14, was Sym­ston’s owner.

The snake came to their fam­ily as a res­cue an­i­mal a few years ago.

“It’s re­ally gen­tle — 6ft long, and I re­ally don’t know how old she is,” Ms Atkins said.

“She’s al­ways been han­dled; that’s why we adopted her.”

Sym­ston likes to hang around Jack’s neck, tuck­ing her tail into his pock­ets.

The fam­ily owns a few rep­tiles, and be­lieves snakes are mis­un­der­stood an­i­mals.

“A huge amount of peo­ple are scared,” Ms Atkins said.

“We come from Vic­to­ria, and I used to catch lizards with my dad as a two-year-old.

“We came up to Dar­win two-and-a-half years ago and the lizards have got big­ger and big­ger.”

When not en­joy­ing the lifestyle at Ca­sua­r­ina Beach or Lee Point, Sym­ston likes to swim in the fam­ily pool.

“I’d rather the an­i­mals out­side the cages,” Ms Atkins said.

Sym­ston the pet snake slith­ers along the beach at East Point

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Jack Wild, 14, holds his fam­ily pet python 'Sym­ston'

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