INCREDIBLE: Shane Raddatz captured this big carpet snake downing a magpie.
INCREDIBLE: Shane Raddatz captured this big carpet snake downing a magpie. Contributed

'I'm not game to move'

FRIDAY night drinks at a friend's place took a shocking turn for one couple on the Gold Coast, who made an incredible discovery out the front of the house.

Shane Raddatz said he and his wife were visiting their neighbours when she came across a diamond carpet snake hanging from the roof of the verandah, eating a fully-grown magpie.

"She called on the mobile and said 'you better come out the front'," he said.

"I'm not game to move anywhere."

Mr Raddatz, who lives at the Gold Coast, said their residence backs onto a reserve so seeing wildlife and snakes isn't uncommon.

But that was the first time they'd seen such a sight.

"In all honestly I crapped myself, it was a bit of a shock," Mr Raddatz said.

"We'd seen them around but we'd never seen anything that big."

"It's the first time we saw it do what it did."

A snake catcher was called to extract the snake from its hidey-hole, who said snakes got into ceilings during the winter to hibernate.

"We didn't disturb it, there was no way in the world we could have gotten it out of there," Mr Raddatz said.

But the snake catcher waited for the snake to finish its lunch, which took about 20 minutes from the time it was discovered.

Originally from Stanthorpe, Mr Raddatz said seeing wildlife did not worry the family, as long as their pets were safe.

But on that note, he mentioned his neighbours on the Gold Coast lost their cat just six months ago and after their recent visitor they now have an idea where it went.



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