Family Finds 'Mega-Python' That Could 'Take On' Pet Dog in Garden Hedge

A "monster" python, described by a snake-catcher as "one of the biggest" he's caught in a while, has been found nestled inside a hedge in a family's garden.

"The gardener was going along and pruning the big hedge, and got the fright of his life when a big python was staring straight at him as he was working along the hedge," said snake-catcher Stu, from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, a company that offers snake removal services in Queensland, Australia.

In a video that documents its capture and relocation, the predator, identified as a Carpet Python, can barely be seen amidst the leaves and branches before being pulled out by Stu, who is clearly taken aback by its size.

The family, which has a pet dog, described the snake as "massive" when they reported it to Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, but as Stu notes in the video, "usually when people say that it's not that big."

However, he immediately changes his tune when he sees it, alternately describing it as "a beast," "a monster," "an absolute weapon," and "a mega-python" over the course of the video.

"This is the sort of python that potentially could take on a pet," he says. However, he adds that "it seems to be a bit of a big friendly giant."

Carpet Pythons are non-venomous, but they're armed with needle-like teeth that can inflict "substantial lacerations or punctures" and can grow to beyond 3.5 meters in length.

It isn't clear how large this particular specimen was, but it appeared to be longer than the snake-catcher himself. Newsweek has asked Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 for more details.

They're also regularly spotted near homes, often in roof spaces, trees or fences due to their "fantastic climbing ability."

Late last year, an 8-foot carpet python was captured after "trashing" a family's bathroom, and before that one was found trying to devour a fully-grown possum while hanging upside down.

"Carpet Pythons grow to be the largest snake found on the Sunshine Coast," reads a description of the snake on the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 website.

It adds: "They are ... often not too bothered by human presence compared to other shy snake species. Often found in roof spaces making the most of the rats, mice and possums running around up there. 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 mainly mammals such as rodents, possums etc; also some reptiles, birds & frogs."

The snake was relocated to bushland, "away from roads and away from homes."

A carpet python snake
A stock image shows a carpet python. The snake can grow up to 3.5 meters in length, and while it is non-venomous, its needle-like teeth can cause "substantial" lacerations. iStock