A Queensland snake catcher was called to remove a carpet python from a birdcage after it devoured one of its inhabitants, video shared on July 4 shows.
Footage posted to Facebook by Joshua Castle, a north Brisbane-based catcher, shows him taking the well-fed snake out of the cage before it could get its jaws around any more birds.
He then released the python, which he described as unusually placid, back into the wild.
Castle wrote in the post that the slithery intruder, which can be seen with a full belly in the video, “ate one bird and decided to digest the food item in the cage”. Credit: Joshua Castle via Storyful
- Yeah, that's a long lock.
- Yeah. We lost-- we lost the bolt for it, so--
- [INAUDIBLE] Are you coming in or staying out?
- I'll come in and get a better view.
- Yeah. [INAUDIBLE]
- Yeah. Yeah.
- You can take those branches down if you want [INAUDIBLE].
- [INAUDIBLE], isn't it?
- [INAUDIBLE]. Yeah. Yeah.
- Yeah. Yeah.
- Yeah, it's pretty long, I reckon.
- Oh my goodness. Look at the size of that.
- Oh, it's so long.
- Oh yeah. Oh, you can see the lumps.
- Don't tell me. The lumps, yeah.
- It's quite far down, actually.
- So it's been in there a while?
- I'd say so, yeah.
- You fed them yesterday, though, and they were--
- Yeah, it must have been, like--
- What time would it have been?
- Had them last night, I'm guessing, you know?
- What time did you go in there yesterday?
- Probably about 4:00 or so in the afternoon.
- 3:00 or 4:00.
- He's trying to get out now. It's not making it easy. [INAUDIBLE]
- No, when they've got everything turned, sort of wrapped itself around, it never is easy.
- Like, ooh. [INAUDIBLE]
- What's the bite like? I presume it hurts, does it?
- Yeah, it's not pleasant. [INAUDIBLE] teeth in that head.
- Oh my god.
- Little razors.
- Maybe, yeah.
- Can I have me bird back.
- All right. So we got Mr. Carpet Python that ate Mr. Birdie. Unfortunately, that is nature. Extremely placid for the circumstance. Generally, when snakes eat, they're sort of a little bit-- caged offensive is what we'd call it in the reptile industry. Very snappy of what they consider home at the moment.
But he was not showing any signs of wanting to bite me whatsoever, which is nice. So we're going to let him go here. Where should we go? Big stretch. Smallest branch. Oh, and back down. Oh. Yeah, that's not the best way to go.
All right, so this is just a reminder that not all snakes are going to be chill like this guy. Now, I have a lot of people-- hey, what are you doing? I have a lot of people comment on my videos and photos saying that I make it look so easy, so natural, I can do it myself, et cetera, et cetera. It just goes on and on and on.
I've been doing it for a long time. I've been licensed for a long time. I've been keeping and breeding even longer.
It's something that you-- over time, you just get confident with doing. It's not something that you can just go out tomorrow and-- and do it. So it's very important that just because you see me and I make it look so easy, it is life and death if you mess around with the wrong snake and don't know how to do it properly. So it's a bit of a safety precaution there that I'm bringing that up just to cover my own ass, really. Thanks for watching, guys.