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Man Peers Into The Darkness, Sees Large Snake Wrapped Around Massive White Cluster Of Eggs

by Rebekka Spiller
Rebekka is a small town girl making her way through the Big Apple. She previously has worked at Shape Magazine and YouBeauty.com. She loves cozying up under her cat bedding with a new book and is currently involved in a maddening love affair with Ben and Jerry's.

In the darkness, a flash of white contrasts against a mound of dark-brown coils as a man’s head hovers above.

A snake handler leans over a ledge that sections off the patio area from the wooded portion of a woman’s backyard. As he peers through the gap, his head comes dangerously close to a large python protectively curled up in the shadows. In the center of her dark-brown-patterned coils rests a large cluster of stark-white eggs.

Max, the Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher, scoops some dirt and brush from around the body before gently sliding his hand under her and slowly tugging her body out into the open. The woman watches from afar, commiserating with the creature: “Ooh, it’s a hard life, sweetie. You’ll be all right.”

“There we go,” utters Max, maneuvering the snake carefully between a fallen log and the edge of the wooden wall.

“Oh, wow! Can I do anything to help?” the woman asks, awed by the scene unfolding in front of her.

He responds with a concentrated, “No, it’s all good,” then plops down the bundled-up python.  She lets out an excited shriek and he begins to explain, “Now, that’s the clutch of eggs there. Looks like a good size clutch.”

While he’s speaking, the mom cautiously peeks her head over the edge, before slowly slithering closer to his hand. He quickly reaches for the snake hook resting on the tree trunk in front of him and coaxes her head back down.

Defeated, the python slowly unfurls its body and heads back to the shadows she had been hiding in. Max continues grasping her tail as he cradles the eggs in his other hand. He places the large bundle of eggs in a plastic container and takes hold of the snake with both hands.

He dangles her over the patio bricks as he reaches for a rod with a large purple bag, then lowers her in and pulls its white strings tightly to seal it. Before he leaves, Max informs the woman that even though the mom won’t be able to stay with the eggs, he’ll be taking them to be artificially incubated.

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