Chicken on menu for huge scrub python

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: DAVID BARWELL

BIG FELLA: Lo­cal snake han­dlers mea­sur­ing a 4.6-me­tre python caught at a Can­non Val­ley prop­erty.

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