Large Carpet Python rescued from vehicle parked at Qld shopping centre

POLICE have rescued a Carpet Python from a vehicle parked in the carpark of a Queensland Shopping Centre this morning.

Officers were conducting patrols of Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre carpark when they observed a woman that appeared to be having car trouble.

Police asked the woman if she needed any assistance and she replied, “We just found a snake in the engine bay of my car, a man saw it slither across the car park and into my car!”


Senior Constable Neil Burnett was in the crew and being a qualified snake handler leapt to the challenge.

The snake was already contained within a wheelie bin and police were advised the snake was agitated.

Senior Constable Burnett reached into the bin and calmed the snake down enough for it to be handled.

Senior Constable Burnett drove the snake to a nearby bush reserve and released the snake without harm.

Police believe the snake came from another car that may have become too hot driving to the shopping centre and retreated to another cooler car.