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Carpet Python Nips Handler’s Neck During Rescue

posted: 02/03/16
by: Danny Clemens

ANGRY CARPET PYTHON ONE / ROSS ZERO!I was called to relocate a very defensive Carpet Python in Currimundi this week. As soon as I touched it to see how it would react, It made it very clear that it did not want to be messed with. The snake was perched on a fence at eye level and after striking at my face twice I decided this wasn't going to be another run-of-the-mill Carpet Python catch. The snake had a full belly so I did not want to restrain the head and stress it out causing it to regurgitate it's meal. I was hopping once I got it off the fence it might calm down for me but instead it crawled up my arm and latched onto the back of my head. Obviously this didn't go to plan but at the end of the day it was a small price to pay for the snake to keep it's meal and be relocated with minimal stress. If you watch closely you can see blood running down my neck haha.Have a great night everyone and enjoy a laugh at my misfortune. -Ross-

Posted by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 on Monday, February 1, 2016


The sight of a huge python posturing defensively and sticking its tongue out would likely send most people running for the hills.

Internet-famous snake handler Ross McGibbon, however, was completely unfazed by one such intimidating serpent during a recent rescue in Currimundi, Queensland.

McGibbon, half of the duo behind Australian company Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, was called in by a property owner to relocate a snake that had made its way out of the wilderness and into suburbia.

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Noting that the snake had just eaten, McGibbon decided against physically restraining it during the rescue -- although he did so at a cost (albeit a small one).

"The snake had a full belly so I did not want to restrain the head and stress it out causing it to regurgitate [its] meal. I was hopping once I got it off the fence it might calm down for me but instead it crawled up my arm and latched onto the back of my head," he explains in a Facebook post.

"Obviously this didn't go to plan but at the end of the day it was a small price to pay for the snake to keep [its] meal and be relocated with minimal stress."

Can't get enough snakes? Don't miss Venom Hunters, premiering Wednesday, February 17 at 10/9c on Discovery.

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