A NASTY encounter with a python has left a local snake catcher bloodied and bruised.
Lockyer Valley-based snake catcher Andrew Smedley was called to a house in Esk to reports of a "big snake".
Those reports proved spot on.
"Usually when people say they have a big snake I don't take much notice because half the time they exaggerate a bit," he said.
"Well, when I went to this job as soon as I saw it I thought 'this python has come from a good paddock!"
Mr Smedley cornered the python in a green-house - a move he may now regret.
He was bit about 10 times on the arm, leaving his several deep cuts.
"I almost fell and snapped a few bones," he said.
"I got the snake eventually but only after it hammered me about 10 times.
"My right arm is a bit stiff."
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