The horror story that is Australia's wildlife continues to terrify the world with relentless new sights and sounds. And while there have probably already been some bowel-loosening new incidents since 2019 began, which we still are to hear of, but the land down under had one last scream for 2018.
WARNING: Those scared of snakes and other reptiles, avert your eyes.
The north-western part of the island continent experienced a huge storm on December 30, during which residents of the town of Kununurra saw a most unexpected (or terror vomit-inducing, depending on your perspective) sight: 10 cane toads hitching a ride on a huge python.
68mm just fell in the last hour at Kununurra. Flushed all the cane toads out of my brothers dam. Some of them took the easy way out - hitching a ride on the back of a 3.5m python. pic.twitter.com/P6mPc2cVS5— Andrew Mock (@MrMeMock) December 30, 2018
The Guardian reported that local residents Paul and Anne Mock were at their home, along with their daughters, when a savage storm poured almost 7 centimeters of rain into their dam. Worried that the excess water might break the dam, Paul went out to check things out.
“The lake was so full it had filled the cane toad burrows around the bank and they were all sitting on top of the grass – thousands of them,” he told Guardian Australia. “He was in the middle of the lawn, making for higher ground.”
The "he" was Monty, a nearly 10-foot-long "resident" python (oh, Australia!) was evacuating the area due to the rising water levels, while giving a "ride" to his unexpected passengers.
“He was literally moving across the grass at full speed with the frogs hanging on. I thought it was fascinating that some of the local reptiles have gotten used to [the cane toads] and not eating them,” said Mock.