Snake catcher warning for pet owners after python eats beloved birds

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A Queensland snake catcher has shared a warning for pet owners after retrieving a carpet python that snuck into a cage and ate a grandmother’s two birds.

The hungry python had entered the cage through gaps in its narrow bars, though they were twice as large.

After consuming the birds, the snake could no longer sneak up to escape.

Snakes can squeeze through bars half their size. Credit: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 (Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7)

Sunshine Coast snake catcher Stu McKenzie said while many pet owners don’t see snakes as a threat to their pets, his team does similar work on a daily basis.

“The daughter called me to say she had just received a call from her mother saying that a snake entered the cage and ate two beloved birds,” Mr McKenzie said.

“She was a little stressed too, no one wants to see this situation. Birds are like family to some people.

“We rushed there as soon as we could, but it was too late.”

Snake catcher Stu McKenzie says he sees work every day where a snake has entered a pet cage. Credit: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 (Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7)

Brisbane resident Ren Park said she went through a similar ordeal after a python snuck into her birdcage and ate the family’s parakeet.

“I had two parakeets in the cage and I woke up with a snake and a parakeet in the cage,” Ms Park said.

“My son was devastated because they were his birds. Luckily one of them survived.”

Ren Park said a python snuck into his birdcage, eating one of his son’s parakeets. (Provided)

Mr Mckenzie said the birdcages and guinea pig enclosures were not built with snakes in mind and extra care should be taken to keep pets safe.

“It’s basically just a walk-in buffet. If they don’t have them snake-proof, snakes can easily get in and they’ll come back.”

He said chickens in outdoor coops were the most common victims, along with birds in outdoor aviaries.

A sneaky snake hides in the exhaust fan

Home owner is shocked as an unwanted guest comes out of the exhaust fan

“We remind everyone to go and check their enclosures,” McKenzie said.

He added that those who keep their birds in outdoor cages should consider bringing them in at night, as that is when the pythons are most active.

Putting wire mesh over bird and guinea pig cages can also keep snakes out.

“A snake once entered an aviary and ate 14 finches. It couldn’t move afterwards, it was that big,” Mr McKenzie said.

“It’s pretty amazing that they can squeeze through spaces half their size.”

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