If you’re going to be a professional snake catcher in Australia, it pays to have nerves of steel and know reptiles like the back of your hand. As this photo shows, it’s also advisable that your eyesight is as sharp as a fang.
The image was posted on the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 Facebook page, who regularly share their more memorable (and often fairly bizarre) reptile removal and relocation jobs from around the Sunshine Coast in eastern Australia. Hiding somewhere among the pots is a 1.8-meter (5 foot 10 inch) carpet python (Morelia spilota).
They wrote: “BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ..... there is actually a 1.8m carpet python curled up behind one of these pots! Goes to show how well they can hide. If you can see it, try sharing this on your walls and see if your friends can see it too! Well done everyone that got it right!”
Fortunately, this species is not venomous and they pose little threat to humans. Nevertheless, they can deliver a nasty bite if they’re feeling threatened and are often guilty of snatching small pets in suburban areas, such as rabbits, cats, and even small dogs. You can find them throughout much of mainland Australia, as well subspecies in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Yule Island.
If you’re still stumped to find the python, then you can see the answer at the bottom of the article.