Mystery reptile in Cairns roof to stay
HOLLOWAYS Beach resident Kyle Reeve says he is waiting for baby snakes to fall from his roof.
It might sound like a scene from a movie, but Mr Reeve says it happens every year when the 6m-long python, which lives in his roof, finds a mate.
"It's been up there for about nine years," he said.
"It happens every year ... There's a rustling in the roof and little baby ones fall out of the roof three months later."
The 37-year-old said he had never seen the snake but finds the skins shed by the reptile each year.
"Every year we get two or three skins. It doesn't bother me -- I'm a nature freak," he said.
"It's a mystery pet, it's pretty unique. A lot of people have snakes in their roof but not as big as six metres.
"It lives in the roof, we live inside. We have a treaty going on there."
Mr Reeve, who hails from snake-free country New Zealand, said the Australia Zoo team visited the house six years ago to remove the snake but Steve Irwin died before the removal team arrived.
"(My) friend who owns the house is getting nervous," he said. "I think he might call the Irwins back."
In the meantime, Mr Reeve said his slithery friend kept the pests at bay.
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Mystery pet: Kyle Reeve with the skin of a 6m snake which lives in his roof. Picture: TOM LEE