BRISBANE, Australia (CNN/Nexstar) – An Australian man returned home to find that his kitchen ceiling had collapsed under the weight of two large pythons apparently fighting over a mate.
When David Tait entered the house in Laceys Creek in Queensland state on Monday, there was a large chunk of his ceiling lying on his kitchen table.
“I knew we hadn’t had rain, so I looked around to find what had caused it,” Tait told Nine Network television on Tuesday.
He soon found two culprits — non-venomous carpet pythons 2.8 meters (9 foot, 2 inches) and 2.5 meters (8 foot, 2 inches) long — that had slithered into a a bedroom and living room. The snakes have an estimated combined weight of 45 kilograms (100 pounds).
Snake catcher Steven Brown, with the Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation, was called to remove the two snakes.
“I would assume that it was two males fighting over a female that was nearby in the roof,” Brown said. He suspected the female could still be in the ceiling or nearby.
The males were returned to the wild.