A Queensland snake catcher had to wrangle a huge red-bellied black snake out of a creek after the highly-venemous reptile was found in a local school.
Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers was called to relocate the thick black serpent last week and was stunned by its size.
He said almost all the jobs he’d been called out to recently had been “larger than usual”.
“The snakes aren’t necessarily getting larger – I think I’ve just been lucky enough to see a few of the bigger ones,” Mr McKenzie told nine.com.au.
“Because it is breeding season, a lot of the larger adult snakes are on the move.”
Just yesterday, Mr McKenzie was called to a home in Nambour, north of Brisbane, where he found a giant carpet python curled up under the bin on a porch.
“This is one of the biggest carpet pythons I’ve caught in years,” Mr McKenzie said in a video posted on Facebook.
“The snakes just keep getting bigger.”
Mr McKenzie’s team were also called out to another carpet python job in Buderim, where the scaly client measured three metres long and weighed 10 kilograms.
While he said the snake was a gentle giant for the most part, it was thicker than the his catcher’s arm.
Mr McKenzie warned that as the weather warms and with breeding season well underway, snakes can appear anywhere in your home, even in the roof.
“If you see a snake in your home or yard, please keep all kids, pets and adults away from the snake. Keep an eye on it from a safe distance and give your local snake catcher a call.”