WATCH: Huge python takes interest in Coast toddler

13th November 2017 2:00 PM
UPDATED 14th November 2:00 PM
SNAKES ALIVE: Nambour mother-of-two Megan Manley barricaded herself inside her home in fright after getting paid a visit from this monster python. SNAKES ALIVE: Nambour mother-of-two Megan Manley barricaded herself inside her home in fright after getting paid a visit from this monster python. MEGAN MANLEY

A NAMBOUR woman says she's ready to pack up and leave her home after two visits from different snakes in two weeks.

Mother-of-two Megan Manley had to face her biggest fears twice this month, with a visit from a one metre keel-back snake two weeks ago and a two-metre python last week.

Mrs Manley was at home with her two-year-old son Sam when she noticed her border collie cross acting strange, inside looking out through the screen door.

"I was about to leave the house to pick up my eldest son from school when I saw my dog up on his hunches, with his hair standing up looking outside," she said.

"And I just thought - oh no - what is he staring at."

She realised she was looking at a massive two-metre python at the screen of her door, the same screen she had fixed just hours ago after her dog busted a hole in it.

"It was horrific - I am petrified of snakes ... I can take spiders, sharks and I would even rather a grizzly bear in my backyard over a snake."

Mrs Manley said she knew her house was home to snakes when just a week prior she had a visit from the keel-back.

But it wasn't the keel-back that left its shedded skin in her backyard six-weeks prior, almost bigger than her son.

EVIDENCE: Little Sam, 2 holds up the snake skin left behind by the python 6 weeks prior to it showings its face at their Nambour home.
EVIDENCE: Little Sam, 2 holds up the snake skin left behind by the python 6 weeks prior to it showings its face at their Nambour home. Megan Manley

"We knew there was a python hanging around when my son found that skin, but thought it had moved along," she said.

Mrs Manley lives at an estate that backs out onto a grassy reserve area and park.

She said parts of the reserve were overgrown and need to be mown however, had no luck with the Sunshine Coast Council.

"We have contacted the council a few times but are told that there are snakes everywhere at the moment, and that the overgrown area could be home to an eco-system," she said.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said the park in question was last mowed on November 3 and is scheduled to be mowed again on November 24.

"A council officer inspected this site yesterday afternoon to confirm this area is not in need of mowing," the spokesman said.

Mrs Manley's husband works away, and hasn't been home both times the snakes were found.

She said luckily her neighbours came to her aid both times, and a snake catcher for the python.

"The python looked agitated, I think because my dog was barking at it and my son was sitting at the door watching it," she said.

"When he wasn't looking the snake struck out at my son, hitting the glass door. I know he was behind a door but I told him to move away anyway.

"Before the snake catcher came I had barricaded us in the lounge, in case the snake came through the screen door, if I hadn't of fixed it earlier that day it would have come inside."

She said if it wasn't for her dog's strange demeanour she probably would have walked outside, right on top of the python.