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The python in question entered the house through an open window. Photo supplied.

A Brunswick Heads resident woke at around 12.30am last Friday to check on her newborn baby and discovered a seven-foot python about to enter the infant’s cot.

I was just standing over her looking at her when something moved next to me,’ said momma Sarah. ‘I looked down and saw the snake with its head moving over the top of the baby.’

Sarah says she knows she must have grabbed her daughter and run out, but all she can remember is standing in the lounge room screaming with the baby in her arms.

Sarah set about trying to remove her new house guest, but it was easier said than done.

‘Pythons are usually pretty chilled out but this one wasn’t. My partner attempted to remove it but it was hissing and striking at him,’ she said. ‘I called WIRES but they said they couldn’t come out until the morning. I telephoned a local snake catcher but there was no answer which is fair enough for 12.30am I guess.’

Not knowing what else to do Sarah called Brunswick Heads police station and less than 10 mins later two officers from Byron were knocking on the front door.

‘One of them managed to get the snake by the back of the head and the tail. They got in the car and took it away and let it go in the wild.

‘I am so grateful for the actions of those officers. It’s not their job to catch snakes but when they heard what was happened they rushed over to help.’

Only a small amount of detective work was required to figure out how the snake had gotten in – there were tell-tale signs of disturbance beneath a bathroom window which has fixed louvers that can’t be closed.

‘The landlord was awesome about it when we told him,’ Sarah said. ‘He came round and fixed it straight away.’

WIRES

A WIRES rep said that the Coastal Carpet Python is found throughout Northern New South Wales, and all the way to Cape York in Queensland. With a preferred habitat of rainforests and eucalypt forests, it is not unknown for this snake to turn up in the middle of suburbia. Pythons frequently enter unsealed roof cavities of houses where they provide a valuable and often unrecognised service feeding on vermin such as rats and mice.

With regard to the incident in question, WIRES was phoned at 12.30am and the volunteer Hotliner attempted to calm the distressed caller, checking that they were out of the room and had an alternative location to sleep for the night, which they indicated they did. The Hotliner then advised them to seal the room and that they would arrange for a snake rescuer to attend in the morning.

WIRES say as far as the know there are no recorded incidents of a baby being killed by a Coastal Carpet python, they would, however, advise that a baby’s room should be ‘snake proofed’ and secured with screened windows and doors.

Sarah said the incident was a reminder that living in an area of great natural beauty means occasionally having uninvited guests.

‘At the end of the day you know there are snakes around and sometimes they’re going to get in,’ she said. ‘Thankfully the baby slept through the whole thing. I was way more upset than she was.’


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13 COMMENTS

  1. Snakes are out of control, they have killed our chickens, ducklings and pet rabbits they are vermin like rats and mice except far more frightening.
    Election coming up, those who support protecting snakes will be preferenced last by me.

    • I don’t blame you. I kill all snakes, whether of the harmless variety or not. Those bleeding hearts crowd who argue in defence of snakes, sharks, crocs etc are responsible for the huge upswing in their populations. No point in letting a snake slither off next door to kill someone else’s kids or chooks. Chop ’em, quick time!

      • Jon, you’ll be happy to know that 95% of people who get bitten by a snake, were trying to kill it.
        I am surprised you are so happy to admit breaking the law in public. I’ll send National Parks over shall I?

      • Read the article Jon, Wires states that there are no recorded incidents of a baby being killed by a python. Snake proof your chook house & leave the pythons alone & they will not bother you. Also, as Eve says it is against the law to kill native species such as harmless pythons.

    • Keith do you know what’s even MORE frightening?

      A country over-run with rats and mice because they haven’t been cleaned up by the snakes who do the house-keeping for filthy humans who leave their crap all over the place.

      Snakes aren’t interested in coming into human houses – they are attracted to homes by the smell of little creatures – little creatures whom humans encourage with our rubbish and feeding our pets outside the back door.

      You sir, need to look after your ducks and chooks and rabbits by making them snake-proof homes and not blaming the native earthlings of this place for your negligence.

      • I don’t have a problem with rodents. It is depressing that free-range Ducks and Chickens are killed by horrible creatures that are protected by unrepresentative hypocrites who won’t take the snakes themselves.

        • You’re a funny bloke Keith.

          It’s not being over-run with rodents that is the problem. It’s being flooded with the disease they carry – live in a house with 500 rats – let me know how that works out for when Black Death arrives.

          Your introduced-species – ducks, chickens and rabbits – are dying a natural death for any small animal in the native python’s range ( a much quicker end than the Great Plague). If you are going to invade their space, then you are negligent in caring for your pets – that’s YOUR fault not a hungry python, whose species was there first.

          It is estimated that your average brown snake is responsible for around 100,000 less mice in the environment PER SNAKE.

          The smart move would be to learn to live with other earthlings and let nature be.

    • Keith… REALLY? You keep pet rabbits which are far more “vermin status” than our native snake population. It’s a pity we don’t have the same mammoth fine there is in Queensland for keeping rabbits- $44,000.

      I’m sure no one wants to live with a brown snake hanging around their house, but a python? You need to man up and find out more about these creatures!

    • … because Eve Jeffery

      A) doesn’t suffer fools gladly or any other way;
      B) is way too impatient for change;
      and C) has a really foul mouth.

      ( and D) is a nudist and women need to be covered from head to toe otherwise they get chucked out of parliament à la ABC journalist Patricia Karvela! )

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