Big python leaves snake catcher bloody and bruised

Andrew Smedley with the large python that managed to bite him about 10 times, leaving him with large cuts on his arm.
Andrew Smedley with the large python that managed to bite him about 10 times, leaving him with large cuts on his arm.

A NASTY encounter with a python has left a local snake catcher bloodied and bruised.

Lockyer Valley-based snake catcher Andrew Smedley was called to a house in Esk to reports of a "big snake".

Those reports proved spot on.

"Usually when people say they have a big snake I don't take much notice because half the time they exaggerate a bit," he said.

"Well, when I went to this job as soon as I saw it I thought 'this python has come from a good paddock!"

Mr Smedley cornered the python in a green-house - a move he may now regret.

He was bit about 10 times on the arm, leaving his several deep cuts.

"I almost fell and snapped a few bones," he said.

"I got the snake eventually but only after it hammered me about 10 times.

"Big snake!

"My right arm is a bit stiff."



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