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Kitchen ceiling collapses as two large pythons fight over mate in Australia

PTI
Published Sep 2, 2020, 2:28 pm IST
Updated Sep 2, 2020, 2:33 pm IST
The house owner found the culprits, one 2.8 meters and the other 2.5 meters long, slithering into a bedroom and living room
In this photo provided by Steven Brown, a snake is coiled on the floor of a home at Laceys Creek, Australia. (AP)
 In this photo provided by Steven Brown, a snake is coiled on the floor of a home at Laceys Creek, Australia. (AP)

Canberra: 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 bedroom and living room. The snakes have an estimated combined weight of 45 kilograms (100 pounds).

Steven Brown handles 2 python snakes at a home in Laceys Creek, Australia, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The homeowner, David Tait, 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. (via AP)

 

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.

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