A West Australian mum had the shock of her life after climbing onto a rock to find she had put her hand down on a four-metre python sunning itself, while out with her young children.
Primary school teacher Jacqueline McGrady was walking by a dam at the Pilbara with her two children, 10-year-old Zachary and six-year-old Indi, last week when they stumbled across the monster python – which was caught on video.
Ms McGrady was climbing up a rock wall overlooking Ophthalmia Dam in Newman when she touched something that did not feel like a rock.
“I put my hand down and went, ‘Oh, that’s not a rock’.”
“I just immediately knew from feeling that it wasn’t right,” she told Perth Now.
“As I jumped back I took in the full length of it and just screamed at the kids, ‘It’s a snake’.
“When it was first coming up out of the rocks I just thought it’s never going to stop.”
Her shock soon turned to intrigue and the mother pulled out her mobile phone to record the massive python, while her curious children had mixed feelings about the incredible serpent.
Footage shows the docile snake slithering across the rocks overlooking the dam, while Ms McGrady and her children watched in awe as the creature kept stopping to look at them.
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One of the children was even game enough to touch of the tail of the snake, believed to be a Pilbara Olive python.
Pythons are not venomous and only kill their prey by crushing it.
In May, a Sunshine Coast teen girl had a frightening wakeup call after finding a snake had been living in her bed.
Last month a Queensland woman checking the water levels of her car’s windscreen wipers was shocked to find a slithery intruder keeping warm under the bonnet.