Huge Python Eats Bird While Hanging Upside-down From Gutter in Video

A huge carpet python was found eating a bird while hanging upside-down from a gutter at a home in eastern Australia.

The incident occurred in the rural town of Palmwoods in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland state.

The homeowners called local snake removal business Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 run by Stuart McKenzie, who subsequently responded to the scene.

"Isn't this crazy. Today I got called out to a home in Palmwoods for a sneaky carpet python that was hanging from the house guttering," McKenzie wrote in a Facebook post featuring a video of the scene published on Saturday.

"It's the middle of winter and rainy and cold yet this stunning carpet python decided it still wanted to get itself a nice feed of bird."

McKenzie said in the video it was a common misconception in Australia that snakes hibernate and disappear for three months during winter. In reality, they are still active, particularly on sunny winter days.

Despite the fact it was relatively cold and wet on the day the snake was spotted, McKenzie said the carpet python still "took advantage" of a bird that came too close.

The video shows McKenzie arriving at the house, at which point one of the homeowners can be heard saying that he got the "shock" of his life when they saw the serpent.

The clip then shows the snake hanging from the gutter trying to swallow the bird whole, with several loose feathers strewn across its body.

McKenzie said he would wait for the snake to completely swallow the bird before trying to remove it.

"It is crazy how big a food item they can eat—usually four or five times bigger than their head," he said in the video.

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Once the snake finished its meal, McKenzie removed the snake from the property before it could disappear.

He took the python in a bag to a secluded spot near a creek before safely releasing it back into the wild.

Carpet pythons are commonly found throughout northern, eastern and southern Australia, living in open forests, rainforests, coastal areas, rural areas, parks and suburban gardens.

The snakes, which are non-venomous, can grow to more than 10 feet in length. Like other pythons, they kill their prey—usually small mammals, birds and lizards—using a method known as constriction.

This technique involves the snake wrapping itself around the prey and gradually squeezing the animal to death with its powerful muscles, before consuming it whole.

A carpet python
Stock image of a carpet python. A carpet python was found trying to eat a bird upside-down while hanging from a gutter at a home in Australia. iStock