Kookaburra Feasting on Snake in Backyard, Bashing its Head Against the Wall

There’s never a shortage of snake-related stories coming out of Queensland.

In the past year we’ve seen snake vs possum, snake vs wallaby, and even snake vs snake, just to name a few.

The slithering reptiles always seems to come off on top, but even the hunter can become the hunted every now and again.


There’s more to telling snakes apart than just their colours, with some people mistaking the potentially deadly reptiles for more harmless species.

A kookaburra in

, on the Sunshine Coast, made a meal out of a small snake on Thursday afternoon.

It sat perched on a fence, with the wriggling snake in its mouth, occasionally bashing it against the wood panels.

It was that knocking sound that caught the attention of homeowner and wildlife rescuer William Watson, who started recording the feed.

“You don’t see that every day,” he said.

“We often get kookaburras coming to visit, but haven’t seen this before.”

Mr Watson said it took the kookaburra about 10 minutes to finish off his meal.

“[The snake] was wriggling around right up to the end. When the kookaburra took off, only the tip was hanging out. He ate the whole thing.”

Snakes are a favourite of kookaburras, according to the Australian Reptile Park.

They say the birds use a “wait and swoop” technique to catch prey.

“Once they see the prey, the kookaburra swoops down and grabs it with its beak,” it said online.

“Larger prey items such as snakes are hit against trees and rocks to kill, soften or break into smaller pieces before they swallow it.

“Kookaburras also forage through leaf litter looking for insects. Snakes, fish, rodents, lizards, chicks, snails, worms and insects are included in their diet.”

Earlier this week, a six-foot carpet python wrapped itself around the leg of a teenager using the toilet in the middle of the night.

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