Just thought I’d share a couple of pics our friends in Brisbane, Queensland, took of a carpet python they found making its home in their backyard. Carpet pythons are non-venomous and usually aren’t aggressive.
I’ve had a close encounter with a 12ft carpet python when we lived halfway up a mountain in south-east Queensland and when it moved very fast, I bolted indoors even faster.
And at the same house my husband frightened the life out of a python which had gone to sleep in a roll of vinyl. Bryan rolled out the vinyl, let out a huge yell when he felt the snake in the middle, and we both watched as a dizzy-looking, 6ft python staggered off very slowly after being rolled over and over.
When we lived in Woodenbong, in northern New South Wales, Australia, our Jack Russell, Rosie, started barking furiously one night. In the morning we found the tracks of a seriously huge python which had wandered around our backyard and then, thankfully, exited into the back lane again.
And in Woodenbong again, my husband came across some kids in a neighbouring house with a python that had got trapped in the chicken run after eating a chicken. The lump in its belly stopped it getting out again through the wire netting. The kids were thrilled and were going to take the snake along to school for “show and tell”. We never did find out what the teacher thought of that!