A GYMPIE snake handler has urged motorists to look out for snakes on the roads with all the hot weather, and to not deliberately run them over.
A large carpet python was almost killed on Exhibition Rd at the Southside on Monday, between Gympie South State School and the Showgrounds.
The snake was spotted by Sharon Rowe, mother of Gympie Reptile Removalist Codey Rowe.
She stopped her car and attempted to slow down traffic while the snake slithered across the road, but one driver hit the snake.
About the same time, another woman stopped, picked up the large reptile and put it around her neck, taking it to safety off the side of the road.
Mrs Rowe, meanwhile, called her son to pick up the snake.
When Mr Rowe and his wife Tara arrived, Mr Rowe soon had the snake safely tucked away in a canvas bag.
(The woman who rescued the snake drove off, without leaving her name.)
"He's a good size - at least two metres," Mr Rowe said.
"It looks like he was hit across the back but it would appear his spine isn't broken," he said.
"If he's okay, I'll be able to release him into the wild."
Snakes are very active right now, in the hot weather we are experiencing and Mr Rowe is appealing to motorists to be aware they could be out on roads.
"Unfortunately, some people think a good snake is a dead snake.
"But they are an important part of our eco-system and they keep down the rats and mice population."
Anyone who does see an injured snake, or has a snake on their property they want removed, is asked to phone Mr Rowe on 0419 482 899.
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