A MORNING of laundry duties turned into a fascinating home version of the Discovery Channel for a Sunrise Beach woman when she walked outside to discover a huge snake digesting a bat. 

Mille Stoevring and her partner Shane Tuer were shocked to find the massive carpet python, which was at least three metres long, halfway through its meal. 

The couple watched with fascination more than fear, as the snake arched its mouth and twisted its slippery body to manage the winged-feast. 

"We were there filming about 20 centimetres away, the snake wasn't fazed at all," Miss Stoevring said.

"It was fascinating to watch it making its way over the bat's body, to the other wing tip.

"It would have been halfway through when we found it hanging in the tree with its head down.

"This bat was massive, so the snake was almost trying to hook its jaw to try and fit it in.

"It was just amazing to see the snake's mouth square as it tried to somehow fit the edged parts of the bat in.

"We stood there for half an hour watching this snake slowly trying to navigate its jaw around the critter."

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Miss Stoevring's border collie Lilly barked to alert the couple to the snake's dining experience in their own backyard.

The house is set one street back from the beach, with a bush outlook. 

Neighbours were shocked to see Miss Stoevring's photos, but she admits she wasn't worried about the carpet python. It was the evidence of brown snakes shedding their skin that had her more concerned. 

With the bat wings protruding from its scaly body, the carpet python lay vertical from the tree before moving to a branch for a few hours to digest its feed, before slithering away. 

 

 


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