A ᴛᴇʀʀɪꜰɪᴇᴅ Gold Coast resident has made a desperate call for help after she discovered a monster python hiding underneath a young child’s bed. The woman called Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher Tony Harrison after she found the snake in her Burleigh home, south of Surfers Paradise, on Thursday.
The woman said she tried to ᴛʀᴀᴘ the ᴜɴɪɴᴠɪᴛᴇᴅ guest in her upstairs bedroom. “I think he’s the same snake that’s been coming back for years,” the woman said.
When the snake catcher entered the bedroom, he found layers of clothes sprawled all over the floor, but he said that’s not the reason why the snake came inside. The snake just happened to go in there and used her bedroom as a hiding place.
After scrounging through the bedroom, Mr Harrison’s business partner, Brooke, finally located the sneaky snake, nestled up underneath the bed.
As Brooke retrieved the 1.5metre snake from its hiding place, the woman tells the snake-catching duo she found the snake in her kitchen before he came upstairs.
“He was on my kitchen bench, I picked up the tablecloth and he was right under my hand,” the woman said.
The woman said she previously enlisted the help of some tradesmen to remove the snake and she hadn’t seen him in a while – until now. And she said that her cat panicked for three days straight.
It’s not uncommon for pythons to ᴇᴀᴛ cats, so Harrison worried about the safety of the cat when it was released outside and the cat wasn’t too big for the python to sᴡᴀʟʟᴏᴡ.
After catching the snake, Brooke measured its length. Harrison later said that the snake was nearly 1.7 meters long. Despite being called carpet pythons, Mr Harrison said the species prefers to live in the ceiling, so the snake was probably trying to get up there.
Mr Harrison said the street, which runs off Skyline Terrace, is a known hotspot for snakes. He also advises people to close doors and windows to prevent the ᴇɴᴛʀʏ of ᴜɴɪɴᴠɪᴛᴇᴅ guests.
“As I drove up to the house, I noticed every window and door was open – so there’s no wonder he got in,” he said.