WATCH: Snake catcher blown away by size of python
A snake catcher has warned people to be wary on rubbish days after even he was surprised by the size of a python he pulled out from underneath a woman's wheelie bin this week.
In a video posted to Facebook, Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers can be seen lifting up a green rubbish bin on the front porch of a Nambour woman's home only to be taken aback when he saw the size of the snake curled up underneath.
"One thing I often tell people is that when you go to take the bins out, you've gotta be wary that there is a small gap underneath the bin," he said in the video.
"What you're about to see is pretty amazing, what size snake has actually squeezed under this bin."
Removing the bin, Mr McKenzie finds a curled up, 3m carpet snake he believes weighs about 10kg.
"That's one of the biggest pythons I've seen in a long time," he says in the video.
Other people in the background of the video can also be heard exclaiming in surprise about the size of the reptile.
"That's massive," one man can be heard saying.
Mr McKenzie goes on to say he was "genuinely surprised" by the size of the python.
"This size snake genuinely surprised me … The lady said it went from the brick wall to the fence here and I was like 'oh yeah, when people tell me that it's usually half that'," he said.
"But these ladies were spot on. This thing is one of the biggest snakes I've seen in a long time."
Mr McKenzie said it was not very often that snake catchers themselves got a surprise, but that finding the "big gentle giant" made his day.
"Even as snake catchers, we get a surprise every now and then. I was not expecting that," he said.
On his Facebook post, Mr McKenzie said the monster snake was one of the largest he had caught in years.
"The snakes just keep getting bigger," he said.
"It is pretty crazy how this big snake somehow fit under the small wheelie bin."
With the snake breeding season in full swing, snakes - mostly pythons - have already been found crawling into beds, hiding in the roofs of family homes and swimming in pools in one of the southeast Queensland busiest breeding seasons.
A venomous red bellied black snake was even removed from a woman's car glovebox outside a Lowood chemist on September 14.
A post on Andrew's Snake Removal Facebook page, states the driver pulled over after spotting the snake in her car.
"The lady driving obviously got a hell of a fright as she seen (sic) it coming out while driving and pulled in to the chemist," the post states.
"I opened up the glove box and there it was sitting nice and content.
"It's usually a nightmare to find a snake when it's got in to a car but luckily found this guy pretty quickly. Busy day."
Originally published as WATCH: Snake catcher blown away by size of python