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'Monster' python invades Queensland home in middle of the night

The Independent The Independent 22/06/2016 Will Worley

A picture of the python © Provided by Independent Print Limited A picture of the python This is the "monster" snake which woke one Queensland woman up in the middle of the night.

Trina Hibberd was greeted by the scrub python – named Monty – draped across the walls, bed and curtain of her of Mission Beach home.

Monty is five meters long and weighs 40 kilograms.

“We’ve got a visitor…and he’s f***ing huge,” Ms Hibberd said in a video of the reptile, posted to Facebook.

The snake had been living in the roof for around 15 years, Ms Hibberd believed, but had not previously ventured inside the property.

"We knew the snake was there, but I had never seen it inside, not that I know of," she told ABC News . "I've never seen it in its full length."

Ms Hibberd said Monty may have “gone a bit senile” in visiting the house. “I’m pretty happy that he’s gone. The snake catcher said he was a kangaroo killer!”

Dave Goodwin, who removed the reptile, said it was the second largest he had ever dealt with.

"We walked into the bedroom and it was hanging from the curtain drapes down to the bedside table - and that was only a third of him," he told the broadcaster. “It was a good monster.”

"We locked ourselves in the bedroom and grabbed him around the neck. He coiled around my arm but we managed to put him a container."

But it wasn’t the first time Ms Hibberd had seen the snake.

She wrote on social media: “First photo I have of him…was in 2012 but I’m pretty sure he’s been in the roof for a lot longer.

“He used to slither down into the pool area for a feed and a drink then slither back up just before sunrise unless he had a tummy full of food & got stuck.”

The scrub python, or morelia amethistina, are found throughout Queensland and other Australian scrubland, as well as in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Some have been known to reach over eight metres in length, although five metres is considered a very large specimen. The snakes mainly feed on small animals such as birds, rats and possums.

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