‘Keep an eye on your dog’: Massive python wider than a TREE trunk is spotted in a Brisbane backyard amid fears it is hunting neighbourhood pets
- An eight-feet-long python was spotted coiled around a tree in a backyard
- The massive snake was spotted by locals in Ipswich Queensland on Wednesday
- Frightening image has gone viral online with many scared of the snake sighting
A Queensland man received a rude shock when he spotted an eight foot long python coiled around a tree in his backyard.
The snake was discovered by homeowner Jason Davis, who snapped a photo of the massive python in his backyard in Ipswich, in southeast Queensland on Wednesday.
Mr Davis estimated the python to be around eight feet long when he found the snake slithering down a nearby tree.
An eight foot long python (pictured) was discovered in a backyard in Ipswich Queensland on Wednesday
The image has now gone viral online, with users quick to comment on the frightening snake.
‘My goodness now that is one big snake’, one said.
‘I know they are not poisonous but they still look dangerous and magnificent’, another added.
Pictured: Stock image of a typical Ipswich backyard which makes an ideal hiding place for snakes
Others feared the snake could be hunting neighbourhood pets and warned the owner to stay alert as pythons are known for snatching up small animals.
‘Keep an eye on your puppy dog, one advised.
‘Make sure to lock away any animals like chickens or cats’, another said.
Late spring to early summer is the peak of Queensland’s snake season, resulting in more snake sightings around the state.
In early January, a snake catcher made a surprising find after discovering three female pythons coiled around 75 eggs in a compost bin in Queensland.
Snake Catcher Bryce Lockett, said it was the first time he had seen so many female snakes living so close together during his eight years in the job.
How to keep safe during snake season
– Remove any debris or woodpiles, cut back long grass and shrubbery, remove leaf litter and block any holes around the outside of your house that may look like a safe spot to hide
– Keep pests under control. Rodents are a good food source for snakes – less food means less snakes.
– Keep bird aviaries and chook pens secure, clean and free of rodents. Ensure you have a fine mesh or shade cloth around the outside of any aviary so our snake friends don’t get stuck in the wire.
– If possible, keep cats inside and snake avoidance training for dogs can literally be a life saver.
– Call a professional. Never attempt to catch or kill a snake. This is illegal and snakes are incredibly important to the local ecosystem.
SOURCE: Australian Geographic