Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 is an Australian business that offers a reptile removal and relocation service.
When the company posted the above photo on its Facebook page, it went viral, reports the Daily Mail.
The post challenged readers to figured out which potted planet contained a 6-foot carpet python. The full post reads: “BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ….. there is actually a [6-foot] Carpet Python curled up behind one of these pots! Goes to show how well they can hide. If you can see it, try sharing this on your walls and see if your friends can see it too!”
While the owner of the potted plants reportedly wanted to get rid of the snake, many people, of course, want to keep snakes as pets, including pythons.
“Some people are drawn to the size and feel of big snakes,” says herpetologist Owen Maercks, owner of the East Bay Vivarium in Berkeley, California, which bills itself as “the nation’s largest and oldest retail herpetological store.”
In an article for Pet Business, Maercks explains that “there is a quality to these larger snakes that engenders the feeling of a real human/animal connection that smaller snakes do not so easily muster.”
He specifically recommends carpet pythons for those who want a large snake that is easily manageable, and goes on to summarize carpet pythons:
A native of Australia and Indonesia, it typically tops out at around eight feet. Carpets are docile as adults, although the babies, which hatch out surprisingly small, are often a bit nippy. They handle very much like a typical boa constrictor. The carpet python’s patterning is highly variable and intricate — thus the common name — and it tends toward jet black and pale yellow coloring.
As for the carpet python in the photo, the folks at Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 say it’s in the top middle pot, noting: “You can see some scales hiding between the leaves when you zoom in! Goes to show how well they hide!”
Sources: Daily Mail, Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7/Facebook, Pet Business / Photo credit: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 via Daily Mail