Australian fined for surfing with python

2023-09-19T07:00:00.0000000Z

2023-09-19T07:00:00.0000000Z

The Manila Times

https://manilatimes.pressreader.com/article/281947432456394

Asia And Oceania

SYDNEY, Australia: As if sharks were not already enough to worry about, an Australian surfer has been seen paddling out with a python coiled around his neck. The intrepid surfer caused a stir on Australia’s Gold Coast after footage emerged of him carving through the azure waves while carrying his pet carpet python. But authorities said he did not possess a permit to have the reptile in public, and fined the man AU$2,322 ($1,500). “To take an animal out in public or display, it requires a separate permit,” Queensland state’s Department of Environment and Science said in a statement. “Snakes are obviously coldblooded animals, and while they can swim, reptiles generally avoid water,” it added. “The python would have found the water to be extremely cold, and the only snakes that should be in the ocean are sea snakes.” Carpet pythons are nonvenomous snakes that can grow up to 3 meters (about 10 feet) long, and wrap around their prey and squeeze it until it suffocates. They mostly eat birds, lizards and other small mammals.

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