A Sunshine Coast snake catcher has revealed why you should never try and catch the reptiles yourself.
Stuart McKenzie, from The Snake Catcher 24/7 Sunshine Coast, shared photos of what happened when a man tried to catch a carpet python in his backyard on Saturday with a metal pole.
When Mr McKenzie was finally called in to help, he found a gravely injured reptile.
He said the man had tried to pin the slithering python down with a metal pole.
The snake suffered a gaping wound, which exposed the flesh underneath.
Unfortunately veterinarians were unable to save the python and later died.
“It was taken to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital straight away,” Mr McKenzie told Yahoo7.
“They did everything they could.
“Not sure of the cause of death but I can nearly guarantee it was from the injuries caused from the guy pinning it with a pole.”
Mr McKenzie warned the public to refrain from catching snakes by themselves.
“The main message is just don’t do it,” he said.
Mr McKenzie recommends people call a professional snake catcher and gave some interim tips.
“Leave the snake alone and it should hopefully move away by itself,” he said.
“If it’s in a backyard, take your pets and kids away, and always maintain a safe distance from the snake.”