Viral Video: Aussie Family Watches In Horror As Huge Snake Shows Off ‘Parkour Skills’ On Tree

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Viral Video: Aussie Family Watches In Horror As Huge Snake Shows Off 'Parkour Skills' On Tree

While there has been no shortage of snake sightings recently, particularly in northern Queensland, some experiences stand out more than others. 

A surprised family was left speechless as a massive, metres-long carpet python was sighted “doing parkour” in their Queensland backyard, gliding briskly among the treetops, well above the earth. 

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The family is seen standing back in the now-viral clip, watching the big reptile slide from their rooftop and onto a tree before sliding into another. In between movements, the snake raises its head revealing its huge size.

“They’re freaky, aren’t they,” a woman remarks as the serpent coils its body around the trunk. A child can be heard sobbing as the snake emerges from the bushes and faces the camera. 

“How will we get him away?” the child inquires, to which a woman replies, “We won’t.”

Though the clip from an undisclosed Queensland area may appear to be the stuff of nightmares for some, experts say the species offers relatively little harm to humans, and lacking venom, carpet pythons may usually be left alone without needing to be removed.

These snakes can weigh up to 15 kilos

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The animal, which can weigh up to 15 kilogrammes when fully grown, slides through the trees with ease thanks to “perfectly distributed muscles” that have evolved over millions of years to allow them to breeze through structures with ease. 

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Snake Catcher Dan from the Sunshine Coast, who routinely sees the reptiles, said snakes moving in this manner is common. When they’re seen in trees, it could suggest they’re hunting a bird or possum, or they’re trying to avoid being hunted. 

“Their muscles, properly distributed, hold them up,” he told Yahoo News Australia. “They reach for a strong point, then use muscle and weight to support themselves before stretching out to the next spot.” 

“It’s not uncommon to see carpet pythons in trees, either basking in the sun, avoiding dogs and humans, or hunting birds and possums.” I see more pythons on the ground hunting than in the trees, but this is not unusual. 

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