Snakes are a part of life in the tropical rainforests of Mission Beach and whilst a casual visitor walking along park tracks is unlikely to encounter any they do visit houses locally in search of a meal.
The largest of our slitherers is the Amethystine Python with specimens over 8 metres in length having been recorded and although such dimensions are extremely rare, 5 metre examples are not uncommon.
Pythons visit houses for either chickens or cats, both of which are highly prized dinners for these large predators. Pythons are non venomous snakes, instead constricting prey prior to swallowing it whole and a repast of chicken or puss will suffice for up to 6 weeks!
It’s not recommended to handle these reptiles as bites do occur and require medical attention.
Snake relocations in the Mission Beach area are conducted legally and safely by Adrian Walker on 4068 7531. Adrian’s book Diary of a Snake Whisperer, available at the Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre, gives a good and humorous account of some of his dealings with local snakes as well as people!