Electrician catches python at customer's house - but it's not all good news

Philippa Christmass

A Far North Queensland family had mixed emotions after a local electrician successfully managed to remove a python from underneath their house.

Brydie Maro wasn't exactly a novice at dealing with wild creatures - she had spent 15 years as a wildlife handler prior to becoming an electrician - but even she was shocked by the size of the scrub python found under the Mossman house on Monday.

Weighing in at eight kilograms, the snake appeared to have an unusually large lump in its mid-section.

Brydie Maro pulls the snake out from under a Mossman house. Source: Facebook/Brydie Maro

"It's a big snake, we've got to be pretty careful with this one," Ms Maro can be heard saying in a video posted to her Facebook page.

"I am going to have to put this thing in my toolbox I think, I don't think I have a bag big enough."

It wasn't even the first time she'd removed a snake from this particular house, Ms Maro told Yahoo 7.

"I've done a lot of electrical work for this couple over the last four or five years and I've gotten to know the customer quite well," she said.

"I have removed snakes from the property in the past. There were two green tree snakes residing in the meter board at one stage. The meter reader guy had come out and said, 'nope, I'm not touching it.'"

In the video of her latest capture, Ms Maro can be seem calmly and casually crawling under the house, capturing the snake, bringing out and handling it with ease, then walking it to her car, where she proceeds to lock it into her toolbox to re-home in nearby bushland.

"My god Brydie, keep this up and you'll have your own TV show," one person wrote underneath the Facebook video.

"No way, that’s insane bravery Brydie. My skin is still crawling," wrote another.

The snake was a female scrub python. Source: Facebook/Brydie Maro

"I do think snakes pick up if people are nervous," Ms Maro told Yahoo 7.

"It's always a good idea to go in behind the head, behind the jawbone, and if you just lock in your fingers there, they can't turn on you. They can whip their tail around, do what they want, but they can't bite."

While the residents were undoubtedly happy to have the snake removed from their property, it came at a sad cost.

The giant lump in the snake's mid-section was the family's cat, which the snake had eaten before being caught.

Brydie slings the snake over her shoulder and takes it to her car. Source: Facebook/Brydie Maro

Ms Maro said the cat had most likely been consumed about two hours before she caught it.

"Snakes' internal organs are not like ours, it's like a long tube that goes straight down," Ms Maro told Yahoo 7.

"They can take in anything up to a maximum of three times their own body weight.

"The way the skull is structured, they can dislocate their own jaw. It's a pretty horrible way to go."