A snake catcher has revealed her unique method for coaxing a snake out of a lawn mower, keeping it safe from the sharp blades in the machine.
The carpet python slithered into a garage in Bellbowrie, 17 kilometres west of Brisbane, while the horrified residents watched on January 4.
They called a professional snake catcher to snag the creature, which had hidden under their lawnmower.
“The customers were just lucky because they happened to see it cruise into their garage and go under the lawnmower,” Jasmine Zeleny of Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and Gold Coast told Yahoo News.
“They just watched the lawnmower until I arrived.
“I put my head against the ground and looked underneath and I could just see his little head sticking out.
“He didn’t want to come out.”
The 1.5-metre-long reptile was curled behind the sharp blades of the lawnmower.
Ms Zeleny wanted to protect the snake from squeezing around the blades, so she used a stick to lure the reptile out.
“I just gave him a gentle tickle so that he could come out of his own accord,” Ms Zeleny said.
The carpet python escaped unharmed.
“He was fine, he didn’t have any injuries at all,” the snake wrangler confirmed.
Carpet pythons are not dangerous to humans, but Ms Zeleny warns they pose a risk to small pets which are an “easier meal for pythons”.
She cautioned pet owners to keep smaller pets like Guinea pigs and chickens safe from snakes by putting them in secure housing.