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Pythons crash-land into man's kitchen after fighting over mate


Two large snakes crashed onto a man’s table in Australia after falling through the ceiling in his kitchen.

David Tait discovered the snakes after returning from work to his home north of Brisbane.

After the crash, the Coastal Carpet Pythons slithered off to the bedroom and living room. They measured 9.5ft and 8.2ft long.

Snake catcher Steven Brown later relocated the reptiles to a forest near Mr Tait’s home.

Steven Brown is seen moving the snakes after capturing them inside of the property. Pic: Brisbane North Catchers and Relocation
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The snakes were moved to a nearby forest. Pic: Brisbane North Catchers and Relocation

Mr Brown said the two snakes were male and appeared to be fighting over a female snake before they crash-landed.

While the two male snakes have been found, the third is still missing.

He told Sky News: “I was pretty amazed at the size of them and what had actually happened in the lead-up. It was certainly something to remember as you don’t see or hear of snakes falling from the ceiling very often.

“There’s no nest there, but it’s hard to say if there was another one in the ceiling as I was unable to inspect it due to minimal space between the roof and ceiling.”

The remains of the ceiling are seen after the snakes fell through on Monday. Pic: Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation
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The snakes caved in the ceiling. Pic: Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation

He said Mr Tait is “luckily” uninjured as he was not home at the time of the crash. “He is just hoping no more come through the ceiling until he can get it fixed,” he added.

October and November are usually peak snake season in Australia as it marks the beginning of their spring.

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Snakes come out of hibernation and begin to look for food and to breed.

According to the Australian Reptile Park, there are around 3,000 snake bites in Australia each year, of which 300 receive anti-venom and on average one or two bites are fatal.

A bite from a venomous snake can destroy blood cells, cause blood clots, or excessive bleeding and destroy tissue.

If a bite is not treated immediately they can be fatal within 30 minutes, depending on the toxicity level of the venom and the type of snake.



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