A Queensland mother’s attempts to scare off a hungry goanna has dramatically backfired after it charged into her home.
Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie was called out to the Sunshine Coast home after the giant reptile had scampered under a child’s bed when its attempted feed on chook eggs in the family’s backyard was interrupted.
“This was one of the most memorable callouts I have been on,” Mr McKenzie wrote on his company’s Facebook page.
In footage of the rescue, the reptile handler can be seen easing the goanna out from behind the bed as he stands on top of the mattress.
He eventually gets to grips with the reptile, carefully carrying it to safety and placing it in a large cylinder tube.
“He is a big boy, oh my gosh,” the mother filming can be heard saying.
Mr McKenzie estimated the goanna was at least 1.5 metres in length, while noting it had a “big fat belly”.
Hoping it wasn’t a chicken that had left him bloated, the homeowner informs Mr McKenzie the goanna has instead been constantly feeding on their eggs.
The snake catcher warned of the dangers of goannas, reminding reptile removals are best left in the hands of professionals.
“Goanna's not only can bite but they can also whip you with their tail and scratch you with their massive claws,” he said.
Despite the calculated rescue, Mr McKenzie said the retrieval was “good fun.”
The dangers of goannas were highlighted earlier this year when a Queensland man was viciously attacked defending a family of peacocks.
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