That?s real snaky behaviour

By JULIA ILES

julia.iles@dailyexaminer.com.au

A DISTRESSED chirp, followed by a loud bang interrupted the Millard family's viewing of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday night.

They ran outside to the deck of their Fitzroy Street home in Grafton and found a 30-40 cm carpet snake attacking a sparrow.

"The sparrow must have been dozing in the rafters of our house when the snake climbed up to it, then what we heard was them falling to the ground," Roger Millard said.

"It was definitely more interesting than the Commonwealth Games."

For more than an hour the avid bird watcher and his family took photographs as the small snake attempted to devour the sparrow.

"It was fascinating and the four of us watched with interest; the snake started by curling itself around the bird then slowly swallowed it little by little," he said.

"We've seen carpet snakes here before, but always big adult ones, I had never seen a baby one here, after the snake had finished eating we left it to its own devices."



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