50 scales of grey in Gympie backyard
DAVID Attenborough's vaunted nature films came to life last Friday for a Downsfield resident who walked in on two 3m carpet pythons makin' whoopee.
Artist Kerrie Atkins said she stumbled across the love-locked serpents after wrapping up her day's work in her backyard shed.
"It was quite a surprise,” she said.
"They went on for a while, throwing themselves around and staring into each others' eyes.
"I never knew how it happened before. It was very educational and exciting.”
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Ms Atkins said she was lucky to be stuck outside with her camera at hand so she could snap nature in action.
Not that slithering reptiles in her yard are a new experience.
She said they often set themselves up close to home.
"I've had snakes living in my roof for years,” she said.
And that was where one of them - Ms Atkins thinks it was the female - wound up after the day's canoodling.
"She found a way up through my laundry roof into the ceiling,” she said.
"She would have done that before.”
It is a thought likely to give many the creeps and fuel nightmares, but Ms Atkins said it had never been a worry.
"They're not after me; they're not out to hurt me,” she said.