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Snake so big catchers thought it was a crocodile

Rini Steenwinkel stands with a five-metre python beside his home at Greenacre Cl in Whiterock. PICTURE: SUPPLIED
Rini Steenwinkel stands with a five-metre python beside his home at Greenacre Cl in Whiterock. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

CAIRNS snake catchers have removed an amethystine python so huge it was mistaken for a crocodile.

A neighbour poked his head over Whiterock resident Rini Steenwinkel's fence, telling her and husband Platon Zapantis to he had found a five-metre reptile metres from their yard.

The well-fed serpent's length and wallaby-fed girth caught the expert from Cairns Snake Removals expert by surprise when he arrived.

"The snake catcher didn't believe me when I described how big it was, but he turned up and said, 'Holy crap'," Ms Steenwinkel said.

 

"He rang up his friend because and they ended up having to put it in the boot of his car because it was so big.

"He said it would have been capable of swallowing a six-year-old.

"They were so impressed, they did it for free."

The grassed area where it was found is popular with children, including Ms Steenwinkel's neighbours who use it to ride their motorbikes.

The whopping python was rehomed in a nearby creek.

Topics:  crocodile editors picks snake

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