Snake skin panic in attic

A SIMPLE task of climbing into the roof to change a downlight took an unexpected turn for Darren Foster of Richmond Hill and his son Jake recently.

Right near the light that had blown was a snake skin measuring more than 150cm in length.

"They had gone into the roof with their torches to change the light," Darren's wife Julie-anne said.

"I was hanging out the washing when suddenly I hear them yelling 'Oh My God'."

 

Darren Foster of Richmond Hill, found a snake skin about 150cm long when going up to change a down light.
Darren Foster of Richmond Hill, found a snake skin about 150cm long when going up to change a down light. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Julie-anne said she raced into the house to find both her men struggling to get out of the man-hole.

 

"They both wanted to get out of the roof as quickly as possible but we only have one man-hole," she laughed.

"Since then two more lights have blown and Darren said there is no way in the wide world he is going to change them."

The snake still hasn't been seen around the property although Julie-anne said sometimes when she goes into the office she hears strange noises.

"I don't know how it got into my roof, something that big," she said.

Julie-anne has since taken the skin to Goonellabah Veterinary Clinic who confirmed it is a python skin.

"We were worried it was a brown snake, but we've been told that brown snakes don't climb into roofs," she said.

"Also brown snakes have about 17 diagonal scales on their belly, whereas any-thing more than 30 is a python.

"I would love it if someone could come and find it."

The Fosters are sleeping easier at night, knowing it isn't a poisonous snake that could be inhabiting their roof, but Darren still hasn't changed any more downlights.



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