There was no passing in a police car until the giant was “good and ready to move” out of the way. A routine patrol turned out to be anything but routine for two police officers who stumbled upon a “monster” scrub python.
The officers found the 16ft long snake in a road while they were doing a night patrol in a bush area in remote northern Australia. But there was no passing in a police car until the python was “good and ready to move”. One of the officers bravely stood near the massive snake as it slithered into the bush, with a photo snapped by a colleague revealing the scale of the deadly creature.
Scrub pythons are the largest snakes in Australia with a steady diet of rats, possums and birds. Although people have known them to devour full-grown wallabies and domestic pets. The non-venomous snake was discovered near the indigenous community of Wujal Wujal, Queensland. The photo has gone viral after being shared on social media by Queensland Police, with more than 31,000 likes on Facebook and millions of views.
“Policing in the Far North is certainly no exception. During a night patrol in the areas surrounding Wujul Wujul some 345kms north of Cairns, officers stumbled across this monster! “There was no passing in the police vehicle until this scrub python was good and ready to move.
“Seizing the opportunity for a quick photo, Sergeant Ben Tome sent his colleague Acting Senior Constable Chris Kenny out of the car to stand next to the giant (very brave of you Ben!). “Not fond of the police attention, the scrub python made his way quickly off the road so the officers could continue on their way.” Social media users told of their terror after seeing the snap of the constricting snake. Another added: “That’s one of the reasons we don’t go wandering in the bush in Australia. Boxing kangaroos, drop bears, etc.”
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