It could have been incredibly bad luck for a two-metre python to get pinned under a fallen tree, especially after gorging on a possum.
But Thursday was this python’s lucky day, thanks to snake catcher Tony Morrison, Thornlands resident Aaron Wedd and a car jack.
Mr Wedd found the snake pinned under a huge branch that had fallen from a gum tree on the boundary of his property in Venn Parade, Thornlands in Queensland.
“I am not sure how he got there, but he was stuck and there was no way he was coming out,” said Mr Wedd.
After trying to find someone to assist with the rescue, Mr Wedd found Mr Morrison.
The two men used a car jack to lift the heavy branch.
They placed the limb on blocks of wood and were able to rescue the snake.
Once free from the tree, the python squeezed its body until it regurgitated a possum.
Mr Morrison said snakes that were in shock often regurgitated food that they had recently eaten.
“He wouldn’t have been able to regurgitate it when the tree limb fell on top of him,” he said.
Mr Morrison had never seen anything like it in his 20 years of snake catching.
“It was incredibly bad luck for the snake, but miraculous that it got pinned and was not injured.”
Mr Wedd said he was happy for the snake to stay on his property.
“I said we could just leave it there in the bush because that’s the snake’s home,” he said.
After taking some time to recover, the snake slid away, lucky to be alive, but probably needing a meal sooner than he expected.