Snake cruelly killed
A 2 METRE python was brutally killed with a large pot plant outside the Beach Shack in Four Mile, Port Douglas, this week.
When Beach Shack staff arrived to work on Sunday they were horrified to find the dead python on the road, with their heavy metallic flower pot lying damaged next to it.
Manager Caroline Kirche said she was upset when she found the disturbing scene and wanted to raise awareness that killing a python, or any native animal, is illegal.
‘‘We were all very upset by it, including the neighbours, who actually dug a hole and buried the snake,’’ she said.
‘‘Pythons are harmless and those barrels we use to put flowers in are very heavy and pretty much hidden, so someone has grabbed it and smacked the snake several times, it has been hit on different parts of the pot - if someone was frightened by the snake would have run away.
‘‘I don’t ever want to see that again, it’s upsetting and unfortunate like killing a green tree frog, it’s not nice.
We have to watch out for wildlife, we live in such a special part of the world we need to work with it not fight against it.’’
Wildlife Habitat operations manager Bruce Alexander said he was gutted when he heard the news.
‘‘I have a passion for all forms of wildlife and snakes and someone bludgeoning a snake to death for no apparent reason is just ridiculous, blatant mongrelism,’’ he said.
‘‘It is not on and it’s illegal, all native wildlife including snakes and crocodiles are protected and there are huge fines and even possible jail terms involved if the culprit is caught and prosecuted.
‘‘What I always say is it’s perfectly fine to be scared of snakes and perfectly fine to dislike them, but I just ask that nobody hates them.’’
If anyone comes across a snake in the wild, they are urged to contact the Wildlife Habitat, who even after hours can connect people with registered snake removers, rather than trying to take action themselves.
‘‘Ironically a snake remover lived right next door to the Beach Shack and the python, which looks to be an amethystine python, is harmless,’’ Mr Alexander said.
‘‘ People that are bitten by snakes are, majority of the time, in the process of trying to catch and kill the snake. If you leave them alone you won’t put yourself into that risk.
‘‘It sickens me when someone chooses to live in this wildlife haven and does that, it’s a mongrel act.’’
If a snake needs to be removed, contact the Wildlife Habitat on 4099 3235 and if you have been bitten call triple-zero.
Do not wash the wound, apply pressure to the arrear and remain still.
BATTERED: dead python found in front of the Beach Shack