A snake catcher called out to a Gold Coast home has made a terrifying discovery – the shedded skins of more than 50 snakes in the roof, but not a single live one in sight.
Reid Newell from Snake Catchers Brisbane and Gold Coast was called out to the Currumbin home last week.
When he climbed into the roof he estimated that around 57 snake skins were there – but no live snakes.
Posting the pictures to the Snake Catchers Facebook page, Newell wrote: “Snake skins galore!”
“The owners of a property in Currumbin were shocked when they saw how many snake skins they had in their roof.
“These are just some of the skins that I pulled out of 7 x 7-metre roof space.
“How many skins can you see?”
Speaking to The Courier-Mail, Newell said the skins weren’t from one snake only, because there were skins from different types of snakes – including carpet pythons and common tree snakes.
But why were there no actual living snakes to be found?
“I know they did some cleaning on the roof the day beforehand, which probably made a lot of noise and scared anything hiding there before I arrived,” Newell said.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, I’ve been in quite a lot of roofs and the most I’ve seen before that was maybe four or five, so this was a massive jump.”
He said the owners were “shocked” by the find but also “pretty cool” about it.
“I told them the amount of skins from multiple species was crazy to me and I think they thought that was pretty cool,” he said.
The homeowners had only just moved into the house, so the discovery made for a pretty interesting housewarming present.
It’s thought the previous owners may have kept poultry on the property, which could have attracted mice, then snakes.
“The roof is a great place for snakes to regulate their bodies and hide while they digest food that they’ve eaten,” Newell said.
Facebook users were horrified by the thought of a mass of snakes in a small roof space, calling it “creepy.”
“One is enough,” one follower observed.
“I wouldn’t be able to sleep finding that many skins.”
“I see that house being SOLD!,” wrote another.
“And that’s why I live in New Zealand,” said a third.