Catcher Removes 'Chunky' Carpet Python From Queensland Home

A snake catcher removed a large carpet python from the kitchen of a home in Nambour, Queensland, recent video shows.

Footage by Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 shows him removing — and later relocating — the unwanted visitor from the counter top it was resting on.

According to McKenzie, the homeowners got a fright when they discovered the “chunky” carpet python hiding out in their kitchen.

McKenzie’s video shows him gently remove the snake from the counter and place it in a catching bag. In the clip, McKenzie says the snake “thought about” biting him during the removal.

McKenzie safely removed the snake from the premises relocated it to a local bushland area. Credit: Stuart McKenzie via Storyful

Video transcript

- Oh, I'm excited about this one. You might think I'm weird because I'm excited about this, I'm sure the family's not because they've got a massive carpet python. Well, that's what they think it is, in their kitchen. It's actually sitting up on top of the kitchen cupboards. This is the sort of stuff that snake catchers dream about, but the rest of the public don't. But that's why we're here. So we're going to head over straight away to Nambour. We're only about 10 minutes away. And we'll catch it and get out of there for them back in the bush.

[KNOCKING]

- Thank you. It's down here.

- Bit of a surprise?

- He's there. But he's up there.

- Yeah. Oh. Oh, wow. Look at the size of it. That's not a bad sized snake.

- Yeah.

- All right. A coastal carpet python, so the most common snake that we get. Yeah, real big.

- He's a beast.

- Hey, you're going to act. There's no way to carry on like that. Just a little bit defensive right now. You can see, he's backed into a corner.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

- Yeah, he's ready to have a crack.

[LAUGHTER]

You let me pick you up? Hey. Over here. What are you going to do? Come on. You're all right. You're all right. Oh. He's not too bad. He thought about striking at one stage.

- He is well-fed.

- Yeah. Look at that. He's as thick as my arm.

- I can't believe that.

- Yeah, he's either come from outside or maybe down from the roof. I'd say probably outside like just through an open door or a little gap. Oh, righto, just bit my bag.

- Could of stuck into through these doors.

- He's got me by the wrist here.

- You think you'd notice him, and then--

- That's a nice-looking snake. He's probably going to break my bag. He weighs about 6 or 7 kilos.

- Where do you have to take him now?

- We'll go find some natural bushland nearby. Obviously, not close enough that he'll just come straight back here, but somewhere that he's going to be happy away from other houses and roads. So excellent. Well done.

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