Viral video: an Australian family watches in horror as a huge snake displays its ‘parkour skills’ in a tree

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

A shocked family was left speechless when a massive, meter-long carpet python was spotted “parkouring” in their Queensland backyard, gliding swiftly through the treetops, high above the ground.

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Family sees a huge long snake slithering through a tree

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The family is seen standing in the now-viral clip, watching the large reptile slide off their roof into one tree before slithering into another. Between movements, the snake raises its head revealing its enormous size.

“They’re weird, aren’t they?” a woman comments as the snake wraps its body around the trunk. A child can be heard sobbing as the snake emerges from the bushes and looks at the camera.

“How are we going to get him out of here?” the boy asks, to which a woman replies, “We won’t.” Although the clip from an undisclosed area of ​​Queensland may seem like a nightmare to some, experts say the species does relatively little harm to humans and, lacking venom, carpet pythons can usually be left alone without needing to be disposed of. .

These snakes can weigh up to 15 kilos.

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The animal, which can weigh up to 15 kilograms when fully grown, glides through trees with ease thanks to “perfectly arranged muscles” that have evolved over millions of years to allow them to traverse structures with ease.

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Snake hunter Dan, from the Sunshine Coast, who regularly sees the reptiles, said snakes moving in this way are common. When seen in the trees, he could suggest that they are hunting a bird or possum, or trying to avoid being hunted.

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

“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 hunting on the ground than in the trees, but this is not unusual.

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