Last week, contractors working on a house in Australia were in for a rude awakening when they removed a ceiling cover. A light rustling noise overhead ended up being two massive wrestling male carpet pythons.
On Tuesday morning, two contractors in Brisbane, Australia were painting the inside of their client’s home. Not long after, they had a situation on their hands. As one contractor painted the frame of a ceiling cover, he heard a noise above him. When he removed the ceiling cover to take a look, a huge carpet python swung around looking at him.
“That’s probably what all that noise was,” a contractor is heard saying in a clip posted to Facebook. “I heard a little bit of a rustle, but I thought it was just leaves on the ceiling.”
He quickly replaced the ceiling cover and called the homeowners to inform them of the snake in their house. The homeowners then called Snake Out Brisbane, a company that specializes in safely removing snakes and other wildlife. Owner and zoologist Janne Torkkola arrived at the home to find not one but two pythons wrestling with each other.
“When we arrived we found not one but two snakes on the floor, having fallen through the open manhole,” Torkkola told Newsweek. “These two are males, and being Spring they regularly engage in ritual combat. The stronger drives off the loser to secure mating rights on local females.”
Thankfully, the two pythons were much more interested in their wrestling match than bothering any humans. The Snake Out Brisbane team gently removed the pair of snakes into a hoop bag. Previous to removing the serpents, one of the snake handlers took a video of the scene.
Snake Out Brisbane Shares Further Details About the Encounter With the Two Wrestling Pythons
In the short clip posted to the company’s Facebook page, you can see the two pythons wrestling in the floor. One of the contractors is overheard having a casual conversation with one of the snake handlers as the wrestling match continues right in front of them.
The Snake Out Brisbane crew member is heard explaining the unusual sight. While wrapped around each other, the carpet pythons will rise up and attempt to push the other’s head down. He said they call the wrestling match “male on male ritual combat.” The snake fight determines which python is the “biggest and toughest.” The winner earns mating rights with local females.
In addition, the snake handler explained that the two males are evenly sized. Therefore the ritual combat could have gone on for hours. However, he also indicated that neither of the pythons would’ve done much damage to the other. In fact, the snakes rarely even bite each other during these mating wrestling matches. After separating the males, the team relocated the reptiles to a nearby, safe habitat.
“While they may look scary, these are non-venomous carpet pythons. Furthermore, being quite delicate animals, snakes don’t want to bite people, and will only do so if given no other option for escape,” Torkkola said.
“Snakes very rarely harm people in Australia, and here in Queensland provide important rodent predation,” the zoologist added. “We are Australia’s top state for rodent disease like Leptospirosis, so we need all the predators we can get!”