Snake catcher Roy McGrath with a 2.5m python found in a Hervey Bay home.
Snake catcher Roy McGrath with a 2.5m python found in a Hervey Bay home.

Fangs for the new home

AFTER spending three weeks unpacking boxes Melbourne migrants Bill and Elizabeth Manns could have done with a housewarming present but a giant python was not what they had in mind.

The retirees were settling into their new Urangan home on Wednesday night when a 2.5m coastal python turned up on their door step.

They dialled Toogoom snake catcher Roy McGrath's number and kept a close eye on the snake which had crawled into one of their removal boxes to escape the wet.

While Mr Manns thought the event was just “a bit of excitement” his wife admits she was “scared stiff”.

“I have never seen anything like it,” she said.

“We lived in Berwick (Melbourne suburbs) but we had a property at Yarragon (rural Victoria) and we never even saw a snake there.

“I would never have expected to see one in my yard, in town.”

As if they weren't already scared enough, Mr McGrath gave them some unsettling news.

“He said he'd gone to a house last week where a python had choked a dog to death, ” Mr Manns said.

“We were just about to take our dog for a walk when we saw it.

“We brought it inside just in case.”

The Manns made the decision to move to Hervey Bay after visiting last winter.

The rest of their family lives in Victoria and they are looking forward to sending them the pictures.

“It will be a good story to tell,” Ms Manns said.

“But I hope we never see one again.”



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