A three-meter-long python has been caught snacking on a currawong while dangling from a TV aerial. Homeowners captured the sʜᴏᴄᴋɪɴɢ video after noticing the unlikely incident off their outdoor antenna in Kingscliff, south of Tweed Heads in northern New South Wales.
They saw the snake use its teeth to grab the bird’s head while it hung in the air. The python then wrapped its body tightly around the black and white bird and, using its muscular strength, sᴛʀᴀɴɢʟᴇs its ᴘʀᴇʏ in an instant.
The homeowner shared the video to Facebook group Kingscliff Happenings on Wednesday and wrote: “Never seen this before…python trying to ᴇᴀᴛ a currawong on our antenna,”
“Live action…such determination from the python to hold onto the currawong… happily eating it now on our roof, nature in your face,” she wrote.
Gall said she contacted a snake catcher about the scene, but the reptile handler told her the best thing to do was to let nature take its course.
It is not uncommon for pythons to ᴇᴀᴛ birds while suspended. A 6ft carpet python was discovered getting its mouth around an entire bird while dangling from a Queensland family’s washing line.
The suspended serpent was so busy trying to sᴡᴀʟʟᴏᴡ the corella bird that it ignored snake catcher Stuart McKenzie as he filmed the disturbing discovery. Mr McKenzie, from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, warned that bird feeders are common targets for snakes.
He said: “This is definitely a warning to anyone who feeds wild birds in their yard. Please be aware that you may also cause snakes to come in after the birds and also encourage rats because of all the leftover seed. This carpet python was hanging out on the family’s clothesline which acted as a bird feeder. It was only a matter of time until it got himself a nice feed of bird!”