Carpet snake

A couple of months ago, we woke up one morning to find a well-nourished visitor outside our bathroom window.  His/her? jaws were still a bit loose from the almighty stretching they must have been given the night before. 

Carpet snake

Carpet snake after a big meal

Carpet snakes are reasonably common around here.  Local legend has it that there used to be a 20 foot long one, a foot wide, that showed itself occasionally.  I suspect it may have grown in the telling (!), but I know at least one woman who was quite convincing when she told me she feared for her small children at the time.

 

Slack-jawed carpet snake

Slack-jawed carpet snake

We’ve only seen small ones, like this one (2.5m? ish?) but if they can swallow a lump this size, (about the size of a large possum or a small wallaby) then they can certainly swallow one of our chickens.  So we were glad to see that it found another meal instead, at least this time around.

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