Residents warned to be aware of snakes
GREAT CATCH: Whitsunday snake catcher Kylee Gray handling the 4.5m scrub python she caught at Timberland Road in Jubilee Pocket on Monday.
A SNAKE SKIN measuring 6.1 metres in length was found on a property near Paluma Road last month.
The skin belongs to a scrub python that has visited the Pelt family's Cannonvale home for quite some time.
Adrian Pelt said he and his wife Suzette had known about the python for a number of years as it "sort of spent winter up in the ceiling".
Mr Pelt last saw the snake in October 2012 and described it as "quite a sight" but he was even more impressed when the massive skin was found during a routine annual termite inspection a few weeks ago.
Mr and Mrs Pelt measured the skin at a conservative 6.1 metres.
They sent it to their daughter Morgan who is studying environmental management at Griffith University.
When Morgan posted a photo of the skin on her Facebook page it was seen by long-term local and former Whitsunday Times journalist Kimberley Vlasic, who now writes for the Courier Mail.
Ms Vlasic wrote a story about the snake, which went online on September 18.
Local snake catcher Kylee Gray said scrub pythons were the most common species found in the Whitsundays. She estimated the skin found by the Pelts would be 25-30 per cent larger than the actual snake as "it has to stretch considerably to come off the snake's body".
Ms Gray collected a 4.5m scrub python, weighing 16kg, from Timberland Road on Monday night - the biggest live snake to be found this season to date. She advised local residents not to give snakes places to hide.
"Clean up all your rubbish and clutter because anything that harbours rats, mice, frogs or geckos will attract them," she said.
She also warned residents to look after their pets and not to approach, corner or harass snakes "because that is how you can get bitten".
"People should always contact a licensed snake catcher to remove them." Ms Gray can be contacted on 0424 456 254 or via http://www.snakeinthewhitsundays.com.