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Snake catcher finds missing pet inside belly of a snake

Another reasons to keep your kitties inside...

This could be one of the most cringe-inducing photos in recent memory - an x-ray of a carpet python with a CAT being digested in the snake's stomach.

The picture was shared on Facebook by Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan & Gold Coast and captioned with, "can you find the microchip?".

7News reports that the expert snake catchers were called in after a family noted their beloved family cat missing had been missing for over three days and then spotted the extremely fat looking snake.

Their fears were confirmed after the reptile was x-rayed and the cat was found in its stomach.

The disturbing photo was shared online to help remind people to keep their kitties inside during snake season. An image and a lesson we won't be forgetting anytime soon.

Can you find the microchip?

There it is

How to keep your pets safe from snakes

If you notice snake activity in or around your home, call in the experts and have the snake removed as quickly as possible.

"It's hot, it's dry and many areas around Australia are noting the increase in snake activity," Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says.

Pet Insurance Australia have a few other ideas to help keep your home snake free:

• Empty water features

• Remove log piles

• Keep grass short

• Remove rubbish and debris from around the home

• Speak to a professional dog trainer about training your dog to leave snakes alone

• Check for snakes and skins around the home

• Keep dog areas free from 'hiding' areas

• Do not let your dog off leash in high-risk areas

• Consider keeping cats indoors during high-risk months