A fed up snake gets the boot

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Chris Cal­cino

ASTOUNDED Cairns snake catch­ers have re­moved an amethys­tine python so huge it was mis­taken for a croc­o­dile.

A neigh­bour poked his head over White Rock res­i­dent Rini Steen­winkel’s fence, telling her and her hus­band Pla­ton Za­pan­tis that he had found a 5 me­tre rep­tile me­tres from their yard.

The well-fed ser­pent’s length and wal­laby-fed girth caught the ex­pert from Cairns Snake Re­movals by sur­prise when he ar­rived.

“The snake catcher didn’t be­lieve me when I de­scribed how big it was, but he turned up and said, ‘holy crap’,” Ms Steen­winkel said.

“He rang up his friend and they ended up hav­ing to put it in the boot of his car be­cause it was so big.

“He said it would have been ca­pa­ble of swal­low­ing a six-year-old.

“They were so im­pressed, they did it for free.”

The grassed area where it was found is pop­u­lar with chil­dren, in­clud­ing Ms Steen­winkel’s neigh­bours who use it to ride their mo­tor­bikes.

The whop­ping python was re­homed in a nearby creek.

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