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    Mating snakes wreck Cairns club roof

    A seven metre female python and her harem of male snakes are literally bringing the roof down at a Cairns sports club. Six scrub pythons measuring at least 3.5m and weighing up to 50kg are fighting over one female in the roof of the Hekili Outrigger Canoe Club at Yorkeys Knob. The amorous males have dislodged the ceiling boards in their pursuit of the female python, which club members have dubbed 'Nagini' after the giant snake in the Harry Potter series. Club coach Sue Lockwood said the roof was replaced just three months ago after it was damaged in Cyclone Yasi. 'The whole board underneath the eaves has basically popped open and now they're entering and exiting through that hole. When we're inside the shed we can hear them moving around,' she told AAP. 'We've only just had our ceiling replaced because it caved in when Cyclone Yasi hit us. 'It was pretty well much a mess for a long time, it's all just been replaced and now the snakes are breaking the roof.' A snake catcher has removed two of the males but the others are proving elusive, Ms Lockwood said. 'He can see where they're going but he just can't get in there so we have to wait until they come out.' She says bite marks found on one of the captured pythons show they have been fighting over Nagini. It's not the first time snakes have used the club's roof as a mating ground but this time around the males are bigger and there is more of them, she said. Some club members are unsettled but Ms Lockwood says the snakes are mostly harmless and only bite when startled. 'The irony of it is is that we paddle canoes in croc-infested waters and we have marine stingers for six months of the year, and we have tiger sharks and bull sharks in the bay where we paddle, and big huge saltwater crocodiles and yet everyone is scared of a little snake,' she said. Wednesday, July 20, 2011 » 04:48pm
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