Homeowners were devastated after discovering a python living in their backyard garden had been killed by a cane toad.
A picture uploaded to Facebook by Brisbane Snake Catchers shows the poisonous toad entangled in the dead carpet python’s knotted body in the garden in Kingscliff in northern NSW.
Residents described the snake as “so beautiful and graceful” and said it kept rodents away from the property.
The ABC reports resident Peter Hall said the python had been living in the garden “for ages”.
“So sad, so sorry,” he said.
“It was a beautiful, graceful animal. It’s the second one we’ve seen die like this after coming in contact with cane toad venom.”
Many on Facebook shared the homeowners’ devastation over the dead reptile.
“Oh that poor beautiful snake,” one said.
Another said: “So sad to see this beautiful snake gone. Yes toads have to be put down, they have caused so much damage.”
Cane toads ‘killing animals daily’
Brisbane Snake Catchers are warning to people to keep cane toads away as they are “killing many animals daily”.
“You can collect cane toads in a bag and place in your freezer, this will put the toads to sleep peacefully,” Brisbane Snake Catchers suggested.
“If you’re not comfortable with this, you can also collect cane toads, put in a plastic bag or tub and take them to the RSPCA. They will humanely euthanise these pests.
“We don’t recommend going around and massacring these animals.”