Snake stops daily Grind
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