Python’s chicken coop res­cue goes vi­ral

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

A New­man cou­ple made a stir on so­cial me­dia af­ter a photograph of a 4m Pil­bara olive python they res­cued went vi­ral on Face­book last week.

Vol­un­teer snake catch­ers Joshua Hud­son and El­lie Gilpin were called to re­move the 15kg snake af­ter it was found trapped in a chicken coop at the New­man horse yards.

Mr Hud­son said he be­lieved the gi­ant snake got stuck in the chicken pen over night af­ter con­sum­ing a pheas­ant. “Af­ter its de­li­cious meal it was then too fat to fit out of the cage,” he said. “Both me and my part­ner are both qual­i­fied snake catch­ers; it took the two of us to re­move it.

“The snake was safely re­lo­cated to a new home about 15km out of New­man.”

Mr Hud­son said he was blown away by the size of the python, adding it was the big­gest snake he had en­coun­tered in his time as a snake catcher.

“I just love snakes, some­thing about them,” he said.

“I’ve only seen a snake about one me­tre long be­fore.”

Mr Hud­son urged res­i­dents not to at­tempt to cap­ture or harm olive pythons found in town.

“If you find a snake and you’re not sure what it is, please give me a call on 0448 815 898,” he said.

“These snakes are on the en­dan­gered species list and it is il­le­gal to kill any snake. “Big fines can ap­ply.” Olive pythons are non­ven­omous and are found across the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley.

Pic­ture: Joshua Hud­son

Joshua Hud­son and El­lie Gilpin with the 4m olive python.

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