Dead carpet snake hung from suburban tree
A DEAD carpet python was hung over a tree in Banora Point on Tuesday afternoon.
The 2.4m long non-venomous snake was carried from a backyard in Birnam Ave on a wooden plank.
Neighbours have speculated about how the python had died. However, My Daily News was unable to speak to anyone who could confirm what had taken place.
The sight of the dead snake grew a crowd who photographed it, with motorists even stopping to have a look for themselves," Birnam Ave resident Chloe Walmsley said.
"Apparently the neighbours from up the road brought it down to the parking lot in front of our house, hung it in the tree and took photos of it," Birnam Ave resident Chloe Walmsley said.
"And her children then went and got some more neighbours...(who) took more photos and people were apparently pulling over and doing the same, because our street gets quite a bit of traffic."
Miss Walmsley said the snake was left there for some time before it was eventually removed by "disgusted" residents on the street.
"It makes me sick to my stomach, my mum and another set of neighbours that witnessed this today just went and cleaned up the mess that was made."
Miss Walmsley was in disbelief that a snake handler or animal rescue service was not called to remove the snake before such drastic action was taken.
"I bloody hope there isn't many more people who think that it's acceptable," she said.
"I mean maybe she was protecting her kids, but there are other ways to go about it."
Snakes are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and it is a serious offence to kill, injure or take snakes from the wild.
Those found on premises can be removed and relocated by private snake catchers authorised under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Contact details of local snake catchers can be obtained through the Yellow Pages or via the internet.
Tweed Police, said they had not received any reports about the snake.
My Daily News has also contacted Tweed Valley Wildlife, National Parks and Wildlife and the RSPCA and are awaiting a response.
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