Snake Catcher Rescues Injured Carpet Python From Fishing Net on Sunshine Coast

A reptile catcher rescued an injured snake after it became entangled in a fishing net in a family garage in Twin Waters, Queensland.

Footage posted by Stuart McKenzie, from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, shows him spotting the snake in the garage before he carefully retrieves it from the net.

“It’s very deep and I’m not sure if there’s anything that we can do,” McKenzie says as multiple deep cuts on the snake’s body are revealed.

The video goes on to show McKenzie taking the reptile to Animal Emergency in Tanawha and then to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital on recommendation from a vet.

“If you have any bird netting or something similar lying around your yard or shed please get rid of it and throw it in the bin as they can be a death trap for animals,” McKenzie wrote on his Facebook post. Credit: Stuart McKenzie via Storyful

Video transcript

- He's come to life a bit more now.


- But he's just here in this fishing net. You see his tail's cut up. And he's just going back. There's his head in there.

STUART MCKENZIE: That's right. I'll bring him out.

- Yeah, I think you just need to pick up the net. I can't have the car move because the people are there.

STUART MCKENZIE: No, that's OK. Oh. Oh, buddy. Oh. Oh. Well, that's bad.

No Idea. All right, buddy. OK. Let's bring you out in the open. Could you have been near a wall? Or is it hard to say?

- I think we might have a rat in here. I've got a feeling.

STUART MCKENZIE: That's bad. That's really bad. All right, buddy. Oh.

- I got scissors and things that you can use.

STUART MCKENZIE: Oh. Yeah, do you have a--

- What's the best?

STUART MCKENZIE: --Scissors. Yeah, scissors would be good.

- Scissors? Yeah, OK.

STUART MCKENZIE: Yeah. It's very, very deep. I'm not sure if there's anything we can do, but Lacey's free now. We'll get him to the wildlife hospital.

We're just down here the animal emergency service in Tanawha. These guys do a fantastic job. I've brought in a heap of injured wildlife over the years. We've got this snake down here. I'm not sure what's going to happen.

I'm pretty sure the wounds are too deep that, unfortunately, it's probably going to need to be euthanized. But, yeah, we'll see what happens. See how deep it goes. Is it just the skin folded back, or is it gone?

- No, that's just the skin folded back. What I'm trying to do is see if we think it's actually gone into the body cavity.


- I guess, some of that tissue is not viable. But it's all--

STUART MCKENZIE: Don't you bite me.

- --Please don't bite me either, friend. Because that one you'd probably be best off just leaving alone.

STUART MCKENZIE: Yeah. Is there any--

- This is going to be a bit of a clean.

STUART MCKENZIE: --I thought I got everything off. Is there-- there's no string left in that. Actually, he [INAUDIBLE].

- That makes sense.

STUART MCKENZIE: All right, cool.

- Doesn't look like it. Like, you just, would just give that a clean.

STUART MCKENZIE: Yeah. That one's pretty deep, too. Far out.

- Yeah, it goes into muscle, but it doesn't-- sorry, buddy. It doesn't look like it goes into like the body cavity.


- I mean, we could give him a bit of a clean up.


- None of that goes into the cavity. I think it's worthwhile getting him to the zoo and letting them make the call. I certainly don't look at that and so there's no hope.

STUART MCKENZIE: Yeah. Yeah, cool.