“We couldn’t believe what we were seeing.”
These were the words that Mr. McMaster told the Brisbane Times.
If you saw our post from back in January, you know that in Australia, everything can kill you. To be honest, you probably knew that anyway.
Peter McMaster from Tingalpa was recently reminded of this fact. Not when he or his family were attacked, fortunately, but when a possum was attacked and killed by a snake in his backyard.
He managed to grab a recording of it with its fangs lodged into the possum’s head as it struggled to pull the marsupial up into the canopy of a tree for about 30 minutes.
The carpet python was more than determined to keep its meal, making a herculean effort over the course of that half hour.
It was fortunate that the target of those jaws wasn’t one of Mr. McMaster’s three daughter or his two dogs (one of which, a Malteze-Shitzu, had already had an altercation with the snake).
Australia is home to a full 20 of the 25 most dangerous snakes in the world, and there are far too many snake bites made every year to keep a reliable record of them. You wouldn’t have to stretch far, or at all, to see how this story could have been a different one.
And neither, we speculate, did Peter McMaster.
He was heard on a number of occasions, telling his kids to ‘get the dog’ a couple of times. He was sure that this snake had been hunting in his backyard for a few weeks at that point.
“I’m seeing less [possums] and I’m starting to realize why.”
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And of course, his Malteze-Shitzu came upon the snake as it was in the midst of killing a flying fox, scaring the python away and saving the smaller animal’s life.
He had contacted snake catchers for advice on what to do with the snake as well. However, he’d also said that he was just as happy leaving the snake alone. If you’re unsure of what to do when you encounter a snake, see the Pest Control North Brisbane snake guide for more information.
In the end, it turned out to simply be a surprising and somewhat astounding opportunity for him and his daughters to see “Just a bit of nature taking its course.”
“We have had a number of snakes in our yard, so we’re used to seeing them,” he’d said
“I don’t have an issue with them around the house.”
This just goes to show how often Brisbane families have to learn to either contend with or coexist with nature in its various forms.