Family Finds Four Giant Horny Pythons on Their Porch

A family in Australia found four huge carpet pythons slithering around their porch, all looking for a mate.

Stuart McKenzie, from the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, first arrived at the home in Buderim, Queensland to remove two pythons that had been caught mating on some outdoor decking. But just four hours later, he was called back to the same house to remove yet another snake that had appeared on the porch.

In a Facebook post describing the incident, McKenzie said that while this does not happen very often, during breeding season multiple males will usually slither to the same spot in search of a female.

McKenzie said in a video accompanying the Facebook post that he had visited the house several times before for snake removal, as the home is surrounded by rainforest—the preferred habitat of carpet pythons. He said the third snake was probably another male that was attracted to the area by the scent of the female python.

Python on porch
An Australian snake catcher was called to a home in Queensland when a family found four massive carpet pythons on their front porch. One of the pythons is pictured above in this screenshot from snake catcher Stuart McKenzie's video about the encounter. Stuart McKenzie via Storyful

Snakes usually begin breeding in early spring. They are typically more active during this time, and males, in particular, can become more aggressive as they search for a mate. During this time, females give off a scent that attracts males to the area and snake catchers will often find multiple males gathering at an area where a female has been.

"This is another male thinking he can get a bit lucky with the female, but unfortunately, buddy, they're already gone," McKenzie says in the footage while encountering one of the pythons. "He's very active, on the search, he knows there's been a female here, but unfortunately she shifted off with another bloke."

McKenzie then proceeds to remove the carpet python, relocating it to an area away from people.

But the story doesn't end there. McKenzie was called back to the house yet again to remove an "absolute whopper" of a snake that had been lurking around the porch after also being enticed by the scent of the female. As McKenzie makes his way back out to the porch, he can already see how huge the python is.

McKenzie pans the camera to show the snake's sheer size, starting from its tail, which is curled underneath a table. The camera follows the snake's body to the top of a chair, where it was resting its head. In the background, the homeowner can be heard saying, "how do we get rid of that female scent?"

McKenzie agrees that again, it must be a male, lured to the area while in search of a mate.

"This is one of the biggest snakes I've ever seen in Buderim," he said. "Especially the thickest, maybe not longest but it's pretty huge."

The snake catcher tests the temperament of the snake before he picks it up, and shows off its massive size.

"Let's get this big Buderim whopper off the deck and back into the bush where it belongs," he says.