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Snake found in Queensland garden... but can YOU spot it?

  • Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, from Queensland, posted this photo of snake in a back garden on Facebook
  • But most users struggled to find it, posting incorrect guesses, while even fewer worked out the right species
  • The snake catchers later posted another image showing the snake up close to the surprise of many viewers

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 14:44 EDT, 22 August 2017 | Updated: 14:45 EDT, 22 August 2017

This looks like a perfectly normal back garden, with a lawn, a small patio and a green climber tumbling over a faded wooden fence - but all is not as it seems. 

Somewhere, lurking in this Australian yard is a giant python - but can you spot it?

Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, from Queensland, were summoned to deal with the reptile this week, and posted the photo on Facebook so users could guess where it was. 

Somewhere, lurking in this garden in Queensland, Australia, is a giant python - but can you spot it? The photo was taken by Sunshine Snake Spotters and posted on Facebook
Somewhere, lurking in this garden in Queensland, Australia, is a giant python - but can you spot it? The photo was taken by Sunshine Snake Spotters and posted on Facebook

Somewhere, lurking in this garden in Queensland, Australia, is a giant python - but can you spot it? The photo was taken by Sunshine Snake Spotters and posted on Facebook

This led to a stream of different guesses from followers of the page, who were also asked to identify the species of the snake, but many people got it wrong.

Sunshine Snake Spotters asked: 'Alright guys it's time for another spot the snake, top points for the species too!' 

Martin McAvaney suggested: 'To the right of the catcher's bag and gear at the bottom of picture.'

Amanda Bazley Forster guessed: 'Black snake curled up on the straw in the blue bucket thing.'

Mandy Lees posited: 'Curled up, bottom left, it's a python or carpet snake.' 

While plenty of people joked the animal was the black hose line, Mary Ann Pattinson suggested: 'Down by the silver pole carpet snake.'

Ultimately though, they were all wrong - the animal is actually camouflaged against the greenery in the top right of the picture, as the photo shows below.

The animal is a coastal carpet python, a non-venomous variety which usually grows to around seven feet and preys mainly on rodents, birds and frogs. 

After a series of incorrect guesses, Sunshine Snake Spotters posted another photo showing the reptile, a coastal carpet python, circled, top right
After a series of incorrect guesses, Sunshine Snake Spotters posted another photo showing the reptile, a coastal carpet python, circled, top right

After a series of incorrect guesses, Sunshine Snake Spotters posted another photo showing the reptile, a coastal carpet python, circled, top right

COASTAL CARPET PYTHON

  • Usually seven feet, but can grow up to ten
  • From the northeastern coast of Australia and New Guinea 
  • Found in all habitats from rainforests to dry woodland and urban areas
  • Likes to hide among deep vegetation or in roof and wall cavities 
  • Feeds on reptiles and frogs but prefers warm-blooded prey
  • Bites are not venomous but can cause deep cuts 
  • Females can lay up to 35 eggs 

Lockie, from Sunshine Snake Catchers, wrote on Facebook: 'Well as most of you guessed, the snake was on the fence in the back right hand corner of the photo. The snake is a Coastal Carpet Python.' 

He zoomed in to the image to show the snake wrapped around the climbers. 

Tim Pulis managed to correctly identify the location of the reptile, writing: 'Top right corner in the bush. He's a biggen!'

Other Facebook users reacted to the spotting of such a large snake in someone's garden.  

Kay Uziel wrote: 'That is one hefty snake, it's been well fed - I hope not on the small domesticated pets.' Christine Turrell said: 'Oh gosh that's too big.'  

The snake catchers said sightings of coastal carpet pythons, which are often found hidden in roofs and wall cavities, as 'extremely common' in the past few weeks. 

The snake catchers then zoomed in to the image to show the snake wrapped around the climbers. They said sightings of coastal carpet pythons had been 'extremely common' in the last few weeks
The snake catchers then zoomed in to the image to show the snake wrapped around the climbers. They said sightings of coastal carpet pythons had been 'extremely common' in the last few weeks

The snake catchers then zoomed in to the image to show the snake wrapped around the climbers. They said sightings of coastal carpet pythons had been 'extremely common' in the last few weeks


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