That’s a big snake

Python strikes at tod­dler through glass, ter­ri­fies mum

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - SARAH BARNHAM sarah.barnham@sc­

A NAM­BOUR woman says she’s ready to pack up and leave her home af­ter two vis­its from dif­fer­ent snakes in two weeks.

Mother-of-two Megan Manley has had to face her big­gest fears twice this month, with a visit from a one me­tre keel-back snake two weeks ago and a two-me­tre python last week.

Mrs Manley was at home with her two-year-old son Sam when she no­ticed her bor­der col­lie cross act­ing strange, inside look­ing out through the screen door.

“I was about to leave the house to pick up my el­dest son from school when I saw my dog up on his haunches, with his hair stand­ing up look­ing out­side,” she said.

“And I just thought ‘oh no, what is he star­ing at?’.”

She re­alised she was look­ing at a mas­sive two-me­tre python at the screen of her door, the same screen she had fixed just hours ago af­ter her dog busted a hole in it.

“It was hor­rific – I am pet­ri­fied of snakes.”

Mrs Manley had a visit from the keel-back the week be­fore, but knew it wasn’t the owner of the snake­skin found six weeks ear­lier, al­most big­ger than her son.

“We knew there was a python hang­ing around when my son found that skin, but thought it had moved along,” she said.

Mrs Manley lives at an es­tate that backs out onto a grassy re­serve.

She said parts of the re­serve were over­grown and needed mow­ing how­ever, had no luck with Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil.

“We have con­tacted the coun­cil a few times but are told that there are snakes ev­ery­where at the mo­ment, and that the over­grown area could be home to an eco-sys­tem,” she said.

The Sun­shine Coast Daily is wait­ing from a re­sponse from the coun­cil.

Mrs Manley’s husband works away, but luck­ily her neigh­bours came to her aid both times, and a snake catcher came to col­lect the python.

SNAKES ALIVE: Nam­bour mother-of-two Megan Manley bar­ri­caded her­self inside her home. RIGHT: A clearer shot of the 2-me­tre python.


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