Matt Hagan Holding a very large, 5.2m Scrub Python. Photo: Facebook
Matt Hagan Holding a very large, 5.2m Scrub Python. Photo: Facebook

Giant snakes are on the move say experts

SNAKE experts are warning locals to shut doors and screens as monster serpents move indoors to escape monsoonal rainfall in far north Queensland.

Cairns Snake Catcher Matt Hagan relocated a giant 5.2m scrub python - like something out of the Jungle Book - from a Speewah home last week.

Mr Hagan said the onset of the wet season had led to a spike in snake activity inside and outside households.

"During wet conditions it is really important to keep all screens on doors and windows shut - particularly at night,'' he said.

Brown tree snakes, slaty-grey snakes, spotted pythons, common tree snakes, and scrub pythons have been the most common species relocated from inside people's houses in recent weeks as rainfall totals hit up to 300mm over three days in parts.

Cairns Snake Catcher Matt Hagan relocated a giant 5.2m scrub python. Pic: Facebook
Cairns Snake Catcher Matt Hagan relocated a giant 5.2m scrub python. Pic: Facebook

Mr Hagan posted footage of the latest "gentle giant" he wrangled out of a far north home on his Cairns Snake Catcher Facebook page on Sunday.

(It) was desperately trying to find the entrance to the all-you-can-eat duck buffet,'' the reptile relocator said.

"Meticulous snake proofing of the duck enclosure was all that stopped this massive 5.2m scrub python from finding his seat at the table.''

"Some scrub pythons get a bit bitey, but this one was as cool as a cucumber,'' Mr Hagan said.

"He had a big head, and weighed about 23kg in total, you wouldn't want it latching onto you.''

Australia's longest snake and arguably our biggest predator, the scrub python (Morelia amethystina) can grow up to 8.5m long and often ambushes prey by hiding in trees or long grass.

Footage of a 4m scrub python swallowing a wallaby on a Cairns golf course in December last year went global.

News Corp Australia

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