Huge coiled snake found in child’s toy box

A giant coast carpet python was found curled up in a child’s toy box at a home in Australia.

Snake catcher Brandon Wilkinson of Snake Catchers Brisbane & Gold Coast has been called to a home in Ashgrove, Greater Brisbane to remove the unwanted visitor.

Pictures posted to Facebook show the snake resting in the box of colorful toys.

“This carpet python just wanted to join in and play with the toys too. Unfortunately, he wasn’t invited,” Wilkinson said in a Facebook post.

One photo shows a coastal carpet python in a children’s toy box. Snake catcher Brandon Wilkinson was called to a home in Greater Brisbane, Australia to remove the unwanted visitor.
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Carpet pythons are non-venomous snakes that live throughout Australia. Coast carpet pythons can be found in most of the Greater Brisbane suburbs and will sometimes sneak into properties in search of shelter.

said Wilkinson news week that the snake had entered through an open window.

“Probably felt very vulnerable so he curled up into something small and secure,” he said.

Although snakes have a fearsome reputation, they will not attempt to harm humans unless directly provoked.

Thanks to its southern hemisphere location, the weather in Australia is beginning to warm up, marking the start of snake season.

Snakes are more active in warm weather, which means conflicts with humans become more likely. But most snakes found in homes look for shade and dark places to hide from the sun.

Wilkinson said removing the python wasn’t difficult because the snake wasn’t aggressive.

“Most Python jobs are fairly easy for a trained scavenger. The snakes are usually in a good mood, of course that depends a lot on the circumstances,” Wilkinson said.

“A snake that has been bothered by the dog, the cat, or the neighbor who tried to catch it themselves will obviously be a lot more upset…[Coastal carpet pythons] have about 80 recurved (backward) teeth, allowing them to deliver a nasty bite. However, if left alone, they are 100% harmless.”

Coastal carpet pythons are one of the largest snakes found in the Greater Brisbane and Sunshine Coast areas. They typically grow up to 11 feet long but can exceptionally reach 13 feet.

A non-venomous species, carpet pythons are extremely strong and kill their prey by suffocation. After wrapping its body around its prey, the python contracts more and more each time it takes a breath, until the victim eventually dies. The snake then swallows it whole.

They typically feed on rodents, possums, reptiles, birds, and frogs, but some particularly large carpet pythons may feed on small cats, dogs, and chickens. Huge coiled snake found in child’s toy box

Rick Schindler

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