'Friendly' Carpet Python Found Chilling Beside Hen in Chicken Coop

An Australian snake catcher was surprised to find a carpet python chilling alongside a hen in a chicken coop at a family’s home in Buderim, Queensland, on November 19.

Footage posted to Facebook shows Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 removing the snake from the coop, where it had been resting beside a hen, “waiting for the buffet” of eggs, McKenzie says in the video.

According to the family, their six-year-old son discovered the snake while he was collecting eggs, and they called McKenzie to come and remove the unwanted guest.

McKenzie described the situation as “unique.”

“Luckily enough for the chicken, the snake wasn’t big enough to eat it but rather was there for a nice dry warm spot and to eat some eggs,” McKenzie said in a Facebook post.

The snake, which McKenzie deemed “friendly,” was successfully released back into the wild. Credit: Stuart McKenzie via Storyful

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