Coastal Carpet Python Proves Not All Snakes Hibernate in Winter

StoryfulPublished: June 28, 2017
Published: June 28, 2017

Many people think all snakes hibernate in winter, but a coastal carpet python in Noosa, Queensland, is proof this is not always the case. On July 17, Ross from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 filmed an active python lunging towards him before it slithered up a tree. Ross was releasing the snake after is was found near a home in Noosa Heads.“One of the most common questions I get asked during call-outs in winter is, ’Shouldn’t this snake be hibernating?‘. It’s a matter of climate: It’s not cold enough in Australia for snakes to hibernate so instead they brumate. Brumation is still a form of dormancy however it just means they are less active than in the warmer months. They still need food, water and warmth from the sun to keep their bodies going.”The video shows the almost two-metre-long python grabbing onto branches and climbing to safety.

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