It’s every Australian’s worst nightmare – well, probably everyone’s worst: making a cup of tea in the kitchen, only to have two massive snakes fall through your kitchen ceiling.
Retiree David Tait received a bit of a sʜᴏᴄᴋ on Monday when he found two carpet snakes had tumbled on to the kitchen floor at his home north of Brisbane, before slithering away to the bedroom and living room.
When David Tait entered his home in Laceys Creek in Queensland state, he said he found a large chunk of his ceiling lying on the kitchen table. He said he soon discovered the two ‘vandals’ behind it: two non-ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍᴏᴜs carpet pythons that were around 8-feet-long, and with an estimated combined weight of 45 kg.
After crashing through the roof, both pythons reportedly wandered around the house. While one had slithered into the bedroom of the old country home, another was located next to the front door.
Tait then contacted Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation service to remove the snakes. “Received a call to Laceys Creek after customer found two very large Coastal Carpet Pythons (Morelia spilota mcdowelli) in his house when he got home,” the snake catching service wrote on Facebook, sharing images of the enormous snakes and the house where they were found.
“Both these snakes were two of the fattest snakes I’ve seen, as in the amount of muscle they had,” snake catcher Steven Brown told, adding that they were “very well fed.”
One of the snakes measure 9.5 feet, while the other was 8.2 feet-long. Photos shared on Facebook Monday show the damage they caused as they fell through the roof.
The pythons are non-ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍᴏᴜs, according to Brown, and aren’t ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴠᴇ.
“The only time they can be a little bit ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴠᴇ — well, I call it ᴅᴇꜰᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ — is if they’ve got a stomach full of food. Other than that, they’re just a placid, harmless python that just continues doing what it does, and it doesn’t really matter if people are watching it,” he said.
The snakes are common in the area where Tait lives. Brown says he thinks it’s likely the snakes crashed through Tait’s ceiling due to a ꜰɪɢʜᴛ over a female, because it’s breeding season. But he said he was unable to check the ceiling to see if there were any more snakes because there wasn’t enough room to look.
Brown says he took the snakes about a kilometre up the road from Tait’s house to a state forest, and released them.