Cat-killing pythons on the rise in Cairns
LOCK up your moggies - cat appears to be the flavour of the month for the Far North's pythons.
About nine felines have been consumed in backyards across Cairns in the past five weeks.
The culprits are scrub pythons, hungry for prey that has been flushed out of the city’s rainforests and bushy areas because of heavy rainfall.
Cairns Snake Removals operator David Walton said he had never seen as many attacks as there had been this month.
Most of the snakes that have consumed cats are more than 3m long.
Mr Walton said as snakes were nocturnal hunters, owners should keep their pets indoors at night.
Dr Dallas McMillan from the Cairns Veterinary Clinic advised owners to make their yards as unattractive to snakes as possible.
Hunger pangs: This scrub python had to go without yesterday when professional snake catcher David Walton stepped in to save a cat as a potential meal. Picture: TOM LEE