Chicken on menu for huge scrub python
A 4.6-METRE scrub python weighing 27 kilograms was caught last week after being found in a chicken coop at a Cannon Valley residence.
Local snake handler Neil Cutten said it was the biggest snake he’d caught in his more than 10 years of experience.
“He’d eaten one chicken and the other chicken was looking very shaky in the corner when we got there.”
Another Whitsunday snake handler, Kylee Gray, helped Mr Cutten capture and relocate the snake into bushland near Brandy Creek.
“Once they get to a certain size you are required to have two snake handlers,” Mr Cutten said.
“In the Whitsundays there are four snake handlers and depending on where and when you need help depends on which of us will get there.”
Snake handlers need to do a course, hold a current first aid certificate, have all their own equipment and apply for licenses and permits.
“Nine out of 10 times snakes are only moving through but occasionally some of them like pythons might hole up a while and need a snake handler,” Mr Cutten said.
“I love snakes but I have a healthy respect for them because they are all capable of defending themselves.
“If you find a snake, leave it alone and if it needs to be removed call a snake handler– if it doesn’t need to be removed then best to give them a wide berth.
“Catching snakes should be left to experienced people, otherwise it could go wrong with dire consequences.”
Contact Mr Cutten on 0429 425 773 or at Snakes of the Whitsundays on Facebook.
BIG FELLA: Local snake handlers measuring a 4.6-metre python caught at a Cannon Valley property.