An 8-foot carpet python was captured by snake removal experts in Australia this week after “trashing” a family’s bathroom.
The uninvited guest was wrangled while attempting to flee from an open window above the toilet, after knocking over and destroying a number of bathroom items including perfumes and air fresheners, images from the scene have shown.
The close encounter with the large non-venomous constrictor occurred yesterday inside a property in Tallebudgera, near the Gold Coast, in Queensland.
Pictures of the snake were published to Facebook by South East Reptile Relocations, which was contacted to safely relocate the reptile, 9News reports.
The reptile catching company said: “A family in Tallebudgera was woken up by this Carpet Python tonight which not only welcomed himself inside but began trashing the bathroom while making a poor attempt to escape.”
The team said the spilled perfume was unlikely to have harmed the snake because most of it had been wiped away by the time it was released. They also noted that a protruding bump on the snake’s body suggested it had eaten a small bird or rat.
While non-venomous and common on the Australian cost, the carpet python can inflict a painful bite if it were to attack a human, snake experts warn.
A species description on the website of another snake catching business—Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7—based in southern Queensland, says the python has a “mouthful of small sharp needle like teeth which may cause substantial lacerations.”
Carpet Pythons have been recorded to reach more than 13-feet long and are typically considered to be one of the largest snakes to be found in the region.
“They are often found within close proximity to homes and are often not too bothered by human presence compared to other shy snake species,” the profile adds.
“They are active day and night. Large specimens can take small suburban pets such as dogs, cats, chickens and guinea pigs with smaller specimens taking caged birds.
“Their diet consists of … mammals such as rodents, possums etc; also some reptiles, birds and frogs. They [bask] in the sun in trees, on fences or even on your roof.”
In September, a carpet python slithered through a bathroom window and was found in the toilet of a bathroom at a home in Bardon, a suburb of Brisbane. Snake experts said at the time it had eaten a possum and climbed into the bowl to “hide out.”
Earlier the same month, a carpet python was pictured trying—unsuccessfully—to eat a fully-grown possum while hanging upside down from the roof of a building.
That encounter came roughly a week after a snake of the same species was discovered stretched out across a child’s bed after entering the home in Beerwah to escape cold and rainy weather. Catchers said it had been attracted to the electric blanket.