Video shows the Queensland couple startled by the huge python, but not all approved of the way they dealt with the hitch-hiker.
A Queensland family thought they were doing the right thing when they found a large snake near their home - but they unintentionally injured the animal in the process.
The python measuring about five metres long, the size of three children, was spotted by the family on their property.
Researchers say the unpleasant side effect is actually quite common in those bitten by red-bellied black snakes.
A Northern Beaches Council staff member has returned to his car to find a startling note warning him of an unwanted passenger who may have hitched a ride.