Australia’s longest snake blocks road


A traveller has snapped a photo of a giant python slithering across the road at Cape Tribulation.

The snake, a scrub python, nearly covers the entire width of the road.

Destination Daintree, which posted Susan Maeve Keller’s pic of the lengthy reptile on social media, said the area was full of surprises.

Large scrub python at Cape Tribulation. Photo: Susan Maeve KellerSource:Supplied

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“Our snakes like to warm themselves on the road at night, so please be careful while driving through our beautiful rainforest,” the organisation wrote.

Scrub pythons, also known as amethystine pythons, are the longest snake species in Australia.

The rainforest-dwelling serpents can grow up to 8.5m long.

The species is predominantly an ambush predator, and is known to snatch animals such as wallabies.

They have caused problems in Cairns suburbia, consuming domestic pets.



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