A python was found devouring a bat in the backyard of a home in Queensland, Australia, last week.

The snake, a large carpet python, was found feasting on a bat in the backyard of a home in Queensland. The family had reportedly heard a “thump” sound outside, followed by a commotion, after which, they decided to take a look and discovered the snake.

Stuart McKenzie, a Queensland snake catcher, stated that the family had discovered the python "rolling around with the bat’’. He said the snake might have fallen off a tree after catching its meal.

“That’s how it often happens - the snake will be waiting in the tree and the bat will land, it’ll grab it and often they’ll both tumble out of the tree,” he said while adding, “They basically kamikaze out of tree.”

He said a staff member waited and captured the snake after it was done with its meal.

“If he tried to pick it up then, he might have tried to regurgitate it. Once it got right down into its gut, we try and carefully put them into the bag,” said McKenzie.

“We just take it to some bushland away from homes and roads and let it go,” he added.

He also mentioned that the family made the right decision by leaving the python alone.

“If you ever see something going on like this, pythons taking on something native or a wild animal, it’s best to leave it alone. It’s sad when a bat or possum’s getting taken, but it’s all part of the natural ecosystem so let them do their thing,” he said.

On May 2 (Saturday), McKenzie wrote about the incident and posted pictures of the python devouring the bat on the  Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers' Facebook page.

“Its always interesting to watch a Carpet Python eating a bat and the challenge they face of trying to swallow it. As you could imagine bats wouldn’t go down to easy however they are an important part of a large pythons diet!” he mentioned in the post.

 The snake was safely relocated following the incident.

python This representational image shows a python on a tree inside his enclosure at the Dhupguri snake park in India, Feb. 8, 2006. Photo: REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri