Carpet pythons are the third-most-common snake, Gladstone catcher Mike Boen says.
Carpet pythons are the third-most-common snake, Gladstone catcher Mike Boen says. Bev Lacey

Slithering serpent decimates coop

A "SAVAGE" carpet python has had a field day in a Coutts Crossing chicken coop, decimating a local farmer's brood.

WIRES volunteer Paul Jones said he was called to the rural property on Wednesday morning to remove a python which had eaten about 10 chickens and a dozen eggs.

He was expecting a huge snake, but instead found a two metre python with some "decent-sized lumps" along its length resting in the rafters of the enclosure.

Property owner Melissa Schaeffer said she didn't even notice there were 10 four-week-old chickens missing until the afternoon after it happened.

"When we let them out (on Wednesday) we didn't even notice half were missing, and then we saw the snake in the afternoon," she said. "It was a hungry little bugger; so full it didn't move."

Not so full, however, that it didn't have the energy to let Mr Jones know it did not want to be disturbed.

"When I grabbed him by the head he just constricted around my arm, and boy was he snappy," he said.

"Some are really aggressive and others are placid as anything."

Mr Jones said it had so far been a quiet summer for snakes, but warned people to be vigilant with their pets.

"While there's food there they'll eat it," he said. "They'll just keep eating until they can't fit any more."


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