Rivalry spat or love match?
KINGSCLIFF resident Ann Wood got a frightening surprise when she found two carpet snakes, entangled in what she first thought was a reptilian romance, in her backyard last month.
Mrs Wood said the family has a pet carpet snake, called Pythagoras, they let live in the roof of their home, but this was the first occasion she had seen the adult male snake with what she thought was a mate.
"I could see the two large snakes entangled around each other," Mrs Wood said just days after taking photos of the reptiles in action.
"We lived on a farm years ago and then we saw what we thought was two carpet snakes mating, and the snakes in the backyard seemed to be doing a similar thing as those others.
"So it was the second time I have seen snakes mating, but the first time in a suburban backyard," Mrs Wood said.
"I spoke with someone from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and described what I saw to them, and they said it was mating season for snakes and that's probably what I saw.
"They said it was best to keep away from snakes that are active during the summer breeding months," Mrs Wood said.
Last week Mrs Wood contacted the Daily News to say maybe she had got it wrong, and that the she was told by another reptile expert, after describing the scene, that these were two male snakes fighting for territory, rather than a male and female mating.
"I have seen Pythagoras again and he has a bite on his body, near his neck, so it would seem the snakes were fighting," she said.