Residents from Down Under have a love-hate relationship with the exotic fauna of the continent, as potentially dangerous critters periodically use the sanctuary of yards as habitat. While smaller reptiles and insect colonies typically take up residence in the foliage surrounding lawns and properties, sometimes a pristine specimen emerges from the brush to the fright and dismay of the a family.
A prodigious python made a startling appearance at a residence near Mudgeeraba, Queensland, a suburb of Gold Coast near the Australian East Coast, reports Fox News. Homeowner Robbie Knill was bold enough to capture amazing footage of the creature and share the video online.
The non-venomous Python species was once thought to kill prey through strangulation, but research showed that the fatal submission hold of the reptile drastically changes blood pressure in veins and ultimately causes cardiac arrest. In 2017, the remains of a 25-year-old man were found within a 23-foot-long specimen.
Read the Fox News story here.