Surprising find inside dead snake revealed by X-ray

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

An X-ray posted on social media by the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors has reminded people of the important reason to report incidents involving hitting wildlife while driving.

When a carpet python was hit by a car the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital were sad to report that she didn’t recover, however an X-ray showed the snake was carrying a dozen eggs.

“Thankfully, the team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital were able to successfully remove her twelve eggs, and place them in an incubator!” the hospital shared.

A X-ray of a carpet python showing 12 eggs inside the snake.
When a carpet python was hit by a car, wildlife carers found 12 eggs inside her. Source: Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

There are big plans for the eggs, with an average incubation period of about 60 days the eggs should hatch and the baby carpet pythons will be released into the wild.

The X-ray is a timely reminder to report injured animals to wildlife agencies so they can check for orphaned young.

It’s not uncommon for mothers still caring for their young to be left to die after being hit by a car or worse.

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In April a Queensland wildlife carer came across two dead female kangaroos that had been shot, one of them had its legged hacked off.

After checking the pouches for joeys Kim Palmer and her son were astounded to find a joey barely alive and in need of medical treatment.

“My main focus now is making sure this little fellow gets what he needs, and becomes big and strong, and is able to be released,” Ms Palmer told Yahoo News Australia at the time.

Krysti Severi from Victoria’s Rescue Rehabilitate Release received calls about injured wildlife left to die in agony on a regular basis and has the hard job of euthanising those that cannot be saved, and checking for young.

She told Yahoo News that if you end up in an incident with wildlife or come across an injured animal there is always somebody to call to make sure there are no young left behind and the animal receives medical care and is treated humanely.

“Call your wildlife rescuers in your state, jump on social media and ask for help, at the very least call your local police station, they may have a list of wildlife volunteers you can call,” Ms Severi said.

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