Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sunday snake

Picture the scene - there I was enjoying a quiet moment on a Sunday morning...
Two sets of muffins were cooling, the roast beef was prepared ready to go into the oven, Sibs and her cousin were on their way to the park so that I could prepare lunch before we all head off to watch the Queensland Reds this afternoon at Suncorp Stadium.

The house was quiet for about 30 seconds when Sibs burst through the door -

"Quick, you have to get the camera there's a ginormous python outside!!"

They had got as far as the bottom of the driveway, when they spotted this...

It puts the only other little whip snake that I have ever seen to shame! THIS was a snake!

It was sunning itself on the roof of next doors garage. Too close, way too close to my house!
I suppose it could have been could have been sunning itself on my garage!

I know that carpet pythons are supposed to be quite common
 but somehow I didn't apply that knowledge to me and my home. 
I didn't think about the fact too much...

About ten minutes after it was first spotted there was an almighty racket of noise from the birds.
When I went to investigate about half a dozen noisy miners were hovering and swooping around the snake.
It curled itself up and then slithered away into the roof space to escape.

And that was the end of the 'excitement' for the morning.

14 Comments and thoughts:

  1. I've never seen a snake that big outside of a pet store. Yikes! Maybe there were some mice up there for him.

  2. Wow! What a huge snake.Well spotted too!

  3. I'd jump if I saw that! Though we have lots of very nasty snakes in Tassie, we don't see them too often :)

  4. Whoa, that was a big one, far too close for my comfort!

  5. OOOhh shudder shudder!!!!
    Rather you than me!
    Looked enormous - is it still in next doors garage roof sapce I wonder?
    Gill xx

  6. Wow, that is a big one indeed! We never saw a snake around our house in the 5 years we lived in Brisbane (much to my husband's disappointment!), but as kids in far north NSW we had a few big ones like this around our garage too. Always make your heart skip a beat, no matter how harmless they are!
    Hope this one finds a new home somewhere far far away from you! ;)

  7. Roof of next doors garage - phew - that's OK. That definitely IS a snake.
    Happy Monday

  8. Oh, horrors, Beth! I would have died. I'm so pleased it wasn't on your roof! J x

  9. Ooh yuk, how did you get rid of it?Love Linda x

  10. I met a lady in Yeppoon who dropped her daughter at school then went home..tidying up...pulled back daughter's duvet and found a python curled up in her bed....never leave your doors open!! Robx
    p.s. enjoy Australia!

  11. Ugh, I agree with @Jane, at least it wasn't on your roof! I had to laugh about your comparison the whip snake, it made me think of that thing in Crocidile Dundee... 'you call that a snake, this is a snake!'
    Hopefully it's slithered away never to be seen again! Melissa x

  12. Now I'm going to have nightmares all night! I don't know how you got the nerves to get a picture of it. I would probably have run far away, screaming at the top of my lungs!