An enormous snake has been caught on digital camera attempting to devour a fully-grown possum whereas hanging the other way up, surprising social media customers.
An image of the slithering predator with its jaws greedy its prey’s head was shared to Facebook on Tuesday by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, which is a reptile elimination service overlaying the snake-filled area of southern Queensland, Australia.
Another snap, taken after the possum was stolen from the snake by gravity, confirmed the python trying down from above, looming near the roof of a constructing.
Stuart McKenzie, who’s the proprietor of the long-running relocation outfit, mentioned in a caption that the “huge food item” had been “too heavy and big” for the snake to deal with.
“Have a look at the size of this possum this snake took down. The Carpet Python did its best to try and eat it upside down but the possum proved too heavy for the snake to hold,” he wrote in a put up that has attracted a whole lot of feedback and shares.
Responses to the photographs got here thick and quick, as some voiced unhappiness for the deceased prey whereas others joked in regards to the reptile’s looking expertise.
“Snake got his abilities mixed up with his aspirations!” one particular person wrote. Another person added: “Eyes too big for the snake’s stomach, unfortunately for the possum.”
According to the Queensland authorities, the area is dwelling to roughly 120 species of snake, with roughly 65 p.c of these being venomous.
Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers says in a fact-sheet that Carpet Pythons don’t have any fangs or venom, however can puncture with a “mouthful of small sharp needle-like teeth.”
It explains: “The Carpet Python is by far the most commonly encountered species of snake within the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Deception bay regions. They basically occupy all habitats and will be found in all suburbs within the area. They are often found within close proximity to homes and are often not too bothered by human presence compared to other shy snake species. Often found in roof spaces making the most of the rats, mice and possums running around up there.”
It seems the reptile service has been busy in current weeks, and is not any stranger to social media posts detailing its shut encounters going semi-viral on-line.
On September 7, it posted footage exhibiting an enormous Carpet Python that made its manner into a house and positioned itself prominently on a toddler’s mattress.
“It just so happened that he had his electric blanket on and the snake thought it would make the most of the warmth during this cold rainy weather. What an absolute beauty!” the crew wrote on Facebook, additionally sharing an image taken in the course of the relocation.