CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian returned home and was surprised to discover that his kitchen ceiling had collapsed under the weight of two large pythons apparently fighting over a mate.
David Tait entered his home in Laceys Creek in Queensland state on Monday and found a large chunk of his ceiling lying on his kitchen table.
"I knew we hadn’t had rain, so I looked around to find what had caused it,” Tait told Nine Network television on Tuesday.
He soon found two culprits — non-venomous carpet pythons 2.8 meters (9 foot, 2 inches) and 2.5 meters (8 foot, 2 inches) long — that had slithered into a a bedroom and living room. The snakes have an estimated combined weight of 45 kilograms (100 pounds).
Snake catcher Steven Brown was called to remove the two snakes.
“I would assume that it was two males fighting over a female that was nearby in the roof,” Brown said. He suspected the female could still be in the ceiling or nearby.
The males were returned to the wild, but the suspected third snake hasn't been found.
Just weathered the himicane... and discovered my Summon Power Repair Guys ritual works. So day after the storm, it's like 1:30pm and I decide to make cold ramens for lunch (I wanted ramen and power wasn't back on yet, hence cold ramen). So I fill the bowl with cold water, let the noodles and seasoning soak for 30 minutes (that's how long it takes if you don't have boiling, or even hot, water), put the chopped chicken in, go sit down and start eating and the Duke Energy truck rolls up, they hop out and flip the switches on the pole directly next to my house to turn the power back on for the entire neighborhood.
Anyway, since I live in the middle of the state, we were barely affected by Ian. Worst part was trying to corral the two outside cats into the garage. In the end I had to snatch one off the porch, in the torrential rain, at 2 am, and carry her in and deposit her in the garage (the other came in when we opened the door for her, she just didn't want to get herded into the garage so I had to pick her up too - testament to how scared of the storm they were, normally I can't get within 3 feet of either of them). And now I know they won't bite or even scratch me when I do that, no matter how much they protest and pretend they don't want rescuing (they just wanted us to turn the storm off). They are both 90% feral, they live outside, we just feed them and made a space on the porch for them to sleep and hide in the bad weather, and garage them during hurricanes.
Almost got them both to come inside the house - got one to come in, Momma Kitty (who has always wanted in anyway), the other one, her daughter Sprout, just stood in the open door crying for her Mom.
(Our indoor cats were already in cages in a closet in case a window got broken.)