It’s anything but a flesh wound.
A carpet python affectionately named “Monty” has been caught on camera making a meal out of a poor possum in the backyard of a home at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.
Greg Hosking shot the footage in his backyard using two cameras on Monday afternoon.
He said Monty has been hanging around the family home for a while.
“We haven’t seen him for weeks. Then on Monday I was in the yard doing stuff and there was a ruckus from the birds,” Mr Hosking said.
“I looked up and saw it right up in the top of a tree, you could see the red fur of the possum in the python’s mouth.
“I told my 9-year-old son what was going on and before we knew it he (the python) made his way down to lower branches.
It took 45 minutes for the python to completely finish off the possum. (Supplied: Greg Hosking)
“We could almost touch him, we were keeping our distance a little bit. He was maybe just 5 metres off he ground.
“It was pretty exciting to watch. It’s mesmerising in an alarming kind of way.”
Mr Hosking said it took about 45 minutes for the python to finish off the possum.
“We checked on him that evening and he just settled down into the branches of the tree. We thought he’d stay there but he’s since disappeared,” he said.
Queensland has no shortage of snake tales.
Last February a carpet python was saved from starvation after it swallowed a tennis ball up in Townsville.
A snake handler had to massage it out.
On New Year’s Day 2017, a far north Queensland man came across a 3-metre scrub python making a meal out of a wallaby.
In October, a Brisbane family watched in amazement as a giant python grabbed a possum by the face and hoisted it into its treetop lair in their backyard.