Snake Catcher Uses Hairdryer to Capture Python in The Gap

It’s not every day that you hear an incredible story of a snake catcher using a hairdryer to capture a three-metre python but that’s what happened to Steve Brown, who was called in to help with a snake trapped inside a home in The Gap. 

Mr Brown, from Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation, said that the family who needed him heard some strange noises in their kitchen’s ceiling whilst they were watching television one night. The homeowners checked up on the noise and were surprised to find the snake wedged in between the beams on the ceiling.

The snake catcher said that it took him “a lot of patience” to capture the python which was about three metres long and eight kilograms in weight. It also had at least a hundred teeth.

Mr Brown, however, needed a hairdryer to coax the giant snake to wiggle its way out because the grooming appliance helps to heat up the area. 

“After about an hour of poking and prodding I managed to quickly squeeze my hand In the space and grab hold of him which I just waited for him to relax and come out on his own accord,” Mr Brown wrote on Facebook

Photo Credit: Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation/Facebook

The snake handler said that the coastal carpet python is non-venomous and non-aggressive. However, when threatened, the snake could still cause some serious injuries because of its teeth. 

Coastal carpet pythons are common in Greater Brisbane and they usually feed off rats or mice. These reptiles are not known to attack humans. 

Mr Brown said that homeowners must ensure that their houses have no open windows, doors or gaps to prevent from snakes coming in. When the weather is colder, snakes look for a warm place to rest so they enter people’s homes if there’s a way in. 

The snake has been released in the bushlands, away from the residential areas.