Snake devours possum in Australia

Last updated 20:40 04/03/2014
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Caroline Hubbard

SWALLOWED WHOLE: A possum meets its demise at North Lakes, north of Brisbane.

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The humble carpet python is considered harmless when compared to other reptiles in Queensland suburbia.

But that may not be said for a python found making a meal of a rather large possum in full view of North Lakes residents, north of Brisbane.

The marsupial found itself at the wrong end of the python on Bounty Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.

The spectacle drew quite a large crowd of curious onlookers, including amateur photograph Caroline Hubbard.

Ms Hubbard posted images of the remarkable display online, less than 24 hours after photographs of a crocodile-eating water python went viral.

"There were a lot of people just in awe, watching the snake," she told Fairfax Media.

"It was just so emotional just watching it actually happen.

"It was just such a rare event ... people were ringing people to come see. We just don't see that happen, not in person."

Ms Hubbard arrived to find much of a possum already in the snake's bulging stomach.

"As it was, the [snake's] tail was wrapped around a prickly branch of the tree ... and it was so thick with the body of the possum in it," she said.

Ms Hubbard said she was glad the snake had not captured a pet cat or dog, but admitted she did not really spare a thought for the possum.

"I was more in awe of the size of the python, the fact that it was dangling from a tree and it was just across the road from a housing estate," she said.

"It could have actually gone anywhere once it had eaten, but hopefully it went back into the bushland."

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- Fairfax Media

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