Saturday morning shoppers keen to inspect some outdoor furniture on display at a Cairns showroom were joined by an unlikely customer in the form of a 2m coastal carpet python. The snake was spotted around the base of a large shade umbrella and quickly retreated to the very top after attracting a little too much attention from intrigued staff and customers. The carpet python was very well mannered and quite a good match for the outdoor decor it had selected. Carpet pythons are non venomous and are currently in the midst of breeding season. They occasionally eat small pets but pose very little risk to Saturday morning bargain hunters. (please excuse the lack of shoes – I had to climb on the furniture and out of respect to the retailer took off my shoes).
Many of us regard the toilet as a sanctuary, a place where you can lock yourself away, plan your day’s work and speculate on what the day may bring you. This is exactly how one Cairns lady started her day. She sat on her toilet, staring blindly at the towel holder on the wall just in front of her. After a few minutes, as her eyes started to focus she became aware that the shiny metal holder seemed to have acquired a brown base that she didn’t remember being there before. Her concentration slowly increased as the details of the wall fixture emerged. By the time she realised it was, in fact, a python wrapped around the metal base, she was well and truly awake and ready to get on with her day, starting with a call to Cairns Snake Catcher. Thanks to Jack Shield for providing a different perspective on our work.