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Enormous Amethystine (Scrub) Python eats family pet dog

A Kuranda couple fears for their children's safety after a 5m python devoured their dog in front of them, just weeks after other snakes killed their cat and guinea pig.

Daniel Peric said he now would not leave his two children, aged five and seven, alone in any part of the house, after the "enormous" python ate his silky terrier-cross Chihuahua about 9pm on Monday.

"Actually watching it unfold before your eyes was pretty gut wrenching," he said.

"We'd had the dog about five years, so it was part of the family."

Mr Peric said in the weeks before, the family had found their cat's body, which looked like something had attempted to swallow it and on Sunday a smaller python had eaten their pet guinea pig.

"When it happens once, you think it's a one-off, but last night I thought "this is serious," he said.

"We have ducted air-conditioning. Call it paranoia, but my big fear is that a snake will get in there."

Australian Venom Zoo owner Stuart Douglas took the call from the distressed Peric family on Monday night and arrived to remove the scrub python within 20 minutes.

"They were very upset but they still had the decency to call us to come and get it," Mr Douglas said.

"It was at the bottom of the veranda, they'd thrown chairs at it (the python) to try to stop it, but it had already eaten the animal."

Mr Douglas said by the time he arrived, all that could be seen of the dog was its back legs and tail.

"It only took about 30 minutes to eat the dog, but it will be digesting it for two days," he said.

Mr Douglas said pythons were amazing animals that belonged in the Far North but people needed to be aware that pets were potential prey.

"These pythons used to feed on wallabies but now they feed on cats and dogs in suburbia," he said.

"This python actively stalked their dog."

He said if anyone saw a large snake near their home they should call someone to remove it as soon as possible.

"There’s someone in every area of Queensland who will come around for a donation and basically volunteer to collect it."

Mr Douglas said he would wait until the python had fully digested its prey before releasing it.

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Added: Dec-24-2008 Occurred On: Feb-27-2008
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Tags: Scrub, Amethystine, Python, Snake, Dog, Cairns, Kuranda, Far North Queensland, Australia,
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  • How is the video related to the text? I see no dog, inside the snake or outside.

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    • Did you listen to the video at all mate?

      If you did then you would know its a 5 metre snake that has just ate a dog at a family home near Kuranda and had just been moved to a Australian Venom Zoo at Kuranda and was to be released in another location to a national park far from the family's home later.

      If you listened to the entire video you would know the full story. Is all you see in the video of the dog now is the bulge in the snake's stomach.

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    • That was a small dog then.

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    • Didn't you even bother to read the article I posted with it?

      "the "enormous" python ate his silky terrier-cross Chihuahua about 9pm on Monday"

      Yes it was a small dog.

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    • If it was that small, then it cannot be proven conclusively that the snake ate the dog -- at least not without killing the snake. You lose!

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    • No, I dont lose at all, you still didnt listen to the video very well or read the article now did you? The family had watched this snake eat the dog and I am 100%sure they could also verify that simply by xraying the snake.

      They do this up in North Queensland so they dont need to kill the animal to find out if it took something. More recently, National Parks & Wildlife officers xrayed the crocodile to find a croc that was responsible for killing a guy. Even though they found the croc, but More..

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  • Although I repect your opinion, it doesn't mean I have to agree.

    Your 'snake eating child' view can only make me suspect that you don't have any children, and if you do, please don't ever let them play in your garden.

    But despite all you best tries, if a snake eats my cat in my house (or garden), it's handbag time, whether legal or not. ;-)

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  • If a python ate my cat I wouldn't be thinking of calling someone to come and rescue the snake but how to turn in into a handbag...

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    • If that was the case, then you would definitely end up in court and might even go to jail, at the very least you will cop a hefty fine for killing protected wildlife.

      These snakes have a place in the ecosystem and are protected here in Australia and eating your cat is definitely not legal reason or a defence in court for killing them.

      And if I ever seen anyone kill a snake like this, I would report them without hesitation. This snake is only doing what it is meant to and what comes naturally. More..

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    • Well, but the snake trying to attack me while I tried to rescue my cat might do the trick in court.

      Nevertheless, out in the open I would do nothing else but to admire it, as with all wild life, don't get me wrong there ;-)

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    • You really do come across like a wimpy little girl you do realise? who is so scared of the 'big bad snake'.

      If you had ever had the chance to handle one of these snakes and realise how tame & docile they really are, along with their majestic powerful form, you wouldn't feel the way that you do and would be thinking a whole lot differently.

      I have handled a number of these amethystine pythons and they really are a beautiful creature, so I would fight you any day before I would ever let you More..

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    • Once the snake got hold of your cat or dog its over within seconds because they usually also crush bones, including the spine and the rib-cage, so nothing you can really do except stand back and watch the snake enjoy their meal.

      You have to realise that the snake is only doing what comes naturally and what it is meant to in order to survive. These are native creatures here, whereas cats & dogs are the 'aliens' that have introduced to this ecosystem that do untold damage to our wildlife.

      So More..

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    • I understand very well how pythons work, and from your posting/replies I also understand that you're very fond of these creatures, which I have no problem with.

      I myself am very fond and fascinated by nature.

      Nevertheless, if a python killed and ate my cat, especially inside my house (which isn't its natural habitat) it would be dead meat. So in reply to your question "Sorry, your cat can go, but the snake stays ok? :)" I have to disappoint you, because my reply is "No, if my ca More..

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  • first things first . i grew up in mackay . qld . i have seen snakes most of my childhood , i've had a king brown run over my legs and then go through a cubby house were my cousins were and not touch anyone because it was more terrified of us. i have been bitten because i accidently ran over a snakes tail with my bike . in other words i respect snakes and for good reason. my dog as a child was a dingo / cattle cross . and he used to kill a snake a day . do i think a snake should be killed ....... More..

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  • weird they had a cat, a pig and a dog...they knew a snake attacked them so why the hell did they keep the dog alone near a f***ing snake? seriously if you have othre pets that died cuz a snake ate/killed them do something about it and dont let your dog alone where you saw a snake..specially outside..the good thing is that they didnt kill the snake..not snake's fault lol

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  • I would of taken a chain saw to that snake.

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