Snake hunting for food finds unique hiding spot in backyard

A snake hunting for food found a unique hiding spot in a backyard on the Sunshine Coast.

Horrified residents watched a 1.5-metre long coastal carpet python slither into their barbecue on the outside patio about 3pm on Monday.

Sunshine Coast snake catcher, Mark Neath, was called to retrieve the reptile from the home in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast.

He posted a video of the daring snake capture to Facebook on Monday. Footage shows Mr Neath taking off the barbecue cover and removing the hot plates to reveal the fearsome reptile coiled inside.

Mr Neath says that snakes are known to look for food inside barbecues.

“I’ve got snakes in barbecues before, it’s reasonably common,” Mr Neath told Yahoo News.

The coastal carpet python was nesting in a barbecue on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
The coastal carpet python was nesting in a barbecue. Source: Facebook/Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher

“It’s a coastal carpet python.

“They often go into barbecues to look for rodents.”

The snake catcher shared his tips for keeping snakes out of barbecues this summer.

“It’s kind of hard to stop a snake going into a barbecue like that unless you put it in a locked up shed that was snake proof,” Mr Neath said.

“Just be careful opening them up.”

It comes after a Queensland woman shared an image of a snake curled up in her laundry on Thursday.

Snake catcher Mark Neath wrangling the coastal carpet python in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Snake catcher Mark Neath wrangling the snake. Source: Facebook/Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher
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