Sunday, 22 August 2010

This might not end well

I was working at the computer when I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye. I was expecting a pademelon or maybe a brush turkey. What I got was a scrub carpet python peering through the living room window.

The python, which was 2.5 - 3 m long, investigated the possibility of breaking in through the screen door, but gave up after a few attempts and found a more suitable place to hide in the carport. It is still there, lurking behind some shelving. Although I'm delighted to have a python around the place, I am concerned about the pademelons. They don't always pay attention.





Memo to self: Clean up around the house so people don't think you live in a hovel.

14 comments:

mick said...

That's a big snake to have around your house. Glad it's at your place and not mine! Great pics!

David Nelson said...

Not sure, but it looks more carpetty than scrubby to me... a good look at its head will confirm this (small scales if it's a carpet). Must be up around the maximum size for a carpet though!

Snail said...

Mick, ain't it just! You can imagine my surprise when I saw it at the window.

It's still in the carport. I think it's settled in.

Snail said...

Denis, I think you're on the money. The colourfulness was right for a carpet python, but the size threw me.

Had a look at a pic and the head scales look quite small.

I'm going to call it a carport python.

swampythings said...

What a beautiful 'carport' python - I think you're right to be concerned about the Pademelons!

mainly mongoose (Lynda) said...

Impressive snake. I fully sympathise regarding your memo. I keep snapping critters in and around the house and then thinking 'Oh no, I can't post that; what will people think?!' Rest assured your place looks spotless compared to mine!

Snail said...

Swampythings, I'm hoping that the cool evening air might slow down the python and give the paddies a bit of a chance.

Snail said...

Lynda, the shots taken inside the carport are just too messy to be shown. Now I can't clean up because of the python.

Oh, I am so going to use that excuse again.

Lulu Stader said...

What was that again about only boring women have clean houses?

Wow, though. Do these carport snakes just eat joeys, or people, too?

Lulu Stader said...

(having)

sarala said...

Lovely beastie. I hope the pademelons stay safe.

Snail said...

Oh, bugger it! Sorry, David. I called you Denis. I'm sure neither of you mind.

Snail said...

Lulu, judging from this place, I must be the most interesting person in the world!

These snakes eat anything they can suffocate, including pademelons, pets and chooks, but people are a bit big for them. They will bite, though. And they have lots and lots of teeth.

Scrub (amethystine) pythons are a different matter. They do get big and feisty enough to take on large animals and could certainly do a lot of harm to a small human.

Snail said...

Sarala, it's a magnificent snake. In such good nick that I think it must have just shed its skin.

Have yet to do a pademelon head count. I'm a bit worried that one will be missing.

Still, it's how things roll.