Snake stops daily Grind

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

ANDY Vi­ola found an un­usual cus­tomer wait­ing for him when he went to open the Grind cof­fee shop on Wed­nes­day.

A 2.5m scrub python was ly­ing in the drive­way of his Macrossan St build­ing.

“I had a cou­ple of fe­male staff mem­bers in the car, and they both screamed,” Mr Vi­ola said.

Mr Vi­ola grabbed the snake and de­posited it in a rub­bish bin out the back while he called the Port Dou­glas Wildlife Habi­tat.

By the time the Habi­tat’s crack python­wrestling team ar­rived, the snake had re­gur­gi­tated four lori­keets.

Habi­tat wildlife team leader Cameron Graham said scrub pythons were pretty com­mon at this time of year, even in the cen­tre of Port Dou­glas.

“You get a lot of lori­keets in Port Dou­glas, so you get a lot of pythons,” he said.

Mr Graham said scrub pythons, while gen­er­ally harm­less, could de­liver a nasty bite to the un­wary.

“If you don’t know what to do, give us a call,” he said.

Wel­come back: Grind cof­fee shop owner Andy Vi­ola with snake han­dler Cameron Graham

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