Coast resident George Horvath has photographed a huge python making a meal out of a possum.
Coast resident George Horvath has photographed a huge python making a meal out of a possum. George HORVATH

Huge python vs possum: Can you guess what happened?

A COAST resident has captured nature taking its cruel course when a python, easily two metres long, made a meal out of a rather hefty-sized possum.

George Horvath was able to photograph the moment the python killed its prey, guarded it and eventually dragged it into the forest.

And, well, you know the rest.

Mr Horvath took the images at the Buderim Gardens Village.

 

The python had no qualms in taking on a possum several times bigger than its own mouth; a timely reminder that no matter the size, our pets will always be potential prey.

Being no stranger to the outdoors and host of Australian television show, All 4 Adventure, Jase Andrews has sent in his best tips for residents if they come across a slithery creature.

"Being reptiles, snakes tend to laze around during the colder months and wait for the heat to get a move on, but it's important to know how to identify them and take protective measures if you stumble upon one, especially if they are venomous," he said.

"For example, if you're bitten by an eastern brown snake - the second most venomous snake in the world - the deadly cocktail of toxins will make its way through your bloodstream, take hold of your nervous system and muscles, and eventually put you into cardiac arrest.

"If that wasn't enough to strike fear into your heart, they're also known to be highly aggressive and carry the title of causing the most snake bite fatalities.

"If you are unlucky enough to encounter one, remember the following:

Stay calm: Avoid trying to scare it off and begin slowly moving away - there is no need to pose as a threat because we're not seen as food and snakes only attack if they feel threatened.

Contact your local wildlife rescue: Don't be a hero and attempt to catch the snake because chances are you'll end up provoking it - leave this part to the experts.

Call an ambulance: If bitten, seek medical help immediately; they've got the knowledge and experience to help you through this.

Wrap it up: While you wait for help, apply firm pressure with a bandage or any available material on and around the bitten area. Despite the common belief, don't try to suck the venom out of the wound or wash it, otherwise the nature of the bite can't be identified to ensure proper treatment.

Breathe slowly: Stay calm and try to stabilise your heart rate while you wait - this will slow down the flow of venom. The more you move, the faster it will spread.

If you live in a rural area, or in residential areas prone to wildlife, there are ways of mitigating the appearance of snakes. Snake-proof your house by screening doors and windows as well as blocking any entry points that could allow entrance by a slithery guest. If a snake does get into the house, open all doors and entry points; attempt to close off sections inside to guide them outside by using something long - such as a broom - to keep your distance. To avoid them altogether:

Cut off any scents: Store any pet food in an airtight container and keep compost in closed bins to prevent attracting rodents that will draw the snakes in.

Maintain your lawn: Snakes are generally shy and like to stay hidden so keep the grass short, and the garden beds away from the house. This ensures you won't be in for a surprise attack.

Remove potential homes: Pieces of timber, iron sheets, or grass clippings are examples of places where snakes love to crawl and hide under. Ensure you keep your backyard clean and properly store materials away - maybe even remove them from your property.

Wear protection: Lastly, ensure you don gloves, long pants, and covered shoes when gardening.