Snake captured in McDonalds drive-thru ‘sleeping off a few Big Macs’

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It was a scaly take away for Queensland snake catchers who were called to remove a snoozing carpet python from a McDonald's drive-thru.

“I got a phone call from one of the managers at Maccas and it was pretty urgent just because they had to shut down one of the drive-thru lanes,” Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers told Yahoo News Australia.

“We all know how busy the drive-thru is at Maccas every day so we raced out there and a sleepy decent-sized Carpet Python was hanging out right on the edge of the drive-thru.”

Two men walking through the McDonalds drive-thru (left) and a man picking up a snake (right)
A McDonald's on the Sunshine Coast was forced to close one of its drive-thru lanes when it received a visit from an unwelcome guest. Source: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7

In a video shared to the company’s Facebook page, Stu and his colleague Chris are filmed walking through the Kuluin drive-thru in Maroochydore.

“Yeh not an ideal place for a snake,” Stu says.

In the clip, which has since been viewed 42,000 times, Chris can be seen picking up the six foot snake with his bare hands.

“Pretty keen to get away,” he says as the python makes a bolt for it.

“Yeh I wouldn’t want to be disturbed if I was hanging out for a Big Mac as well mate.”

Working together Chris and Stu manage to get the snake in their bag.

The snake catchers picking up a snake
Snake catchers found a six foot Carpet Python sleeping in the drive-thru at McDonald's in Kuluin. Source: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7

“Some of them wake up on the wrong side of the bed and can get a bit nippy, but he was pretty straightforward,” Chris later told Yahoo News.

Snakes common in Queensland suburbia

While he isn’t sure what drove this Carpet Python to the Golden Arches, he said it isn’t uncommon for snakes to be in town.

“Throughout the year, we catch them every day in really built-up areas.

“In fact the majority of the jobs we go to are in suburbia where there is no real bushland nearby.

“It [Kuluin] is a pretty built-up area there, so whether the snake had come in overnight and was just curled up there, and there was a bit of sun coming through in that section as well,” he said.

“So maybe [he was] just trying to warm up and sleep it off, maybe sleep off a few Big Macs.”

After capturing their latest client, Stu and Chris relocated him in bushland nearby, away from homes, roads and other restaurants.

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