'Massive' Python Found Curled Up Inside Garden Pot Outside Home

A "pretty massive" carpet python snake was found curled up inside a garden plant pot at a residence in Australia this week.

Video of the reptile was posted to Facebook on Monday by the relocation service Snake Catcher Noosa, after wrangler Luke Huntley was called to remove it from a home in Sunshine Beach, a coastal town in the Shire of Noosa, Queensland.

In the cell phone footage, Huntley takes a plant out of the circular pot before instantly spotting the carpet python, which was tightly coiled up inside.

Huntley suggested that the snake may emerge by itself, but ultimately resorted to pulling it out by the head and placing it into a bag to be safely located in the wild. In a Facebook caption, he described the snake as being "cheeky and pretty big."

He said: "[It] had decided that this garden pot was his home for the day. The snake kind of just kept coming out when I grabbed it. Pretty long snake. Never gets boring this job." The catcher's video had been viewed more than 93,000 times as of Tuesday.

LARGE CARPET PYTHON IN POT!!! I was called out to a home in Sunshine beach to relocate this cheeky and pretty big carpet python which had decided that...

According to a Queensland government fact sheet, carpet pythons can be found almost everywhere in mainland Australia. They are non-venomous, instead killing prey by constricting it and devouring it whole.

The government profile notes that carpet pythons are considered "intimidating" because of their size, with some reaching lengths of more than 13 foot.

On January 13, Huntley posted a video showing a call-out to a home in Pomona after a roughly six-foot carpet python was found lurking on top of a garage roller door.

The website of another snake relocation business in the region, Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, notes that the carpet python is "by far the most commonly encountered species of snake within the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Deception bay" areas.

"Carpet Pythons have no fangs or venom but do have a mouthful of small sharp needle like teeth which may cause substantial lacerations or punctures," the site says.

The owner of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, Stuart McKenzie, posted a picture to Facebook last Sunday showing a carpet python that startled a woman in the town of Beerburrum by slithering close to her bed in the middle of the night.

McKenzie wrote: "Not exactly the visitor you want in your bedroom at 2 a.m. in the morning. [The woman] was woken when hearing noises in her room and got the fright of her life when she turned the light on and saw the big healthy python next to her bed. As expected the lady was terrified but we reassured her that she was never in danger."

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Stock photo: Australian Carpet Python. A “pretty massive” carpet python snake was found curled up inside a garden plant pot at a residence in Australia this week, a snake catcher's video shows. iStock