Two coastal carpet pythons put on a fascinating display on the water’s edge at Yamba’s Whiting Beach.
Two coastal carpet pythons put on a fascinating display on the water’s edge at Yamba’s Whiting Beach.

Sunbathing snakes at Yamba

FISHERMEN were still trying to land that elusive big one as two coastal carpet pythons were intertwined on the water's edge at Yamba's Whiting Beach yesterday afternoon.

More than a dozen people watched, took photos and videoed the extraordinary spectacle put on by the two snakes about 3pm.

Clarence Valley Wires reptile co-ordinator Stuart Dart said it was quite common for the species to be found in and around water.

“It appeared as though they were two males wrestling to be the dominant male of the area, or a male and a female mating,” he said.

Mr Dart said the sex of the animals was hard to determine without physically examining them and warned the public about approaching any snake as they were now becoming active after their winter hibernation.

“Although the coastal carpet python is non-venomous they can still give you a nasty bite,” he said. “They have more than 100 sharp teeth in their mouth.”



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