Australia is a land full of surprises. And in some unforeseen circumstances, things can get quite tough to handle too mainly during natural disasters and calamities. However, flooding due to heavy rainfall is especially lethal with the country’s vast array of flora and fauna. The New Year has barely started and people are already having strange sightings. Like ten poisonous toads riding a python to save themselves from the flood.
When Paul Mock headed outside to check on the banks of his dam, the terrifying yet fascinating view of the dangerous amphibians making their way to the higher ground while sitting on top of an 11-and-a-half-foot python, named Monty by the local people.
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
Taking up the opportunity, Mock’s brother, Andrew, posted the picture on Twitter with the quote “68mm just fell in the last hour at Kununurra. Flushed all the cane toads out of my brother’s dam. Some of them took the easy way out — hitching a ride on the back of a 3.5 m python.”
A WA snake has become a global sensation after video emerged of his unusual friendship with cane toads. Somehow, the python has attracted quite a following among amphibians – and the world loves it. 7 News on Instagram: https://t.co/roGoiTqWCR #7News pic.twitter.com/QSlCSfGP5S
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) January 1, 2019
Despite the quite horrifying sight, Mock wasn’t entirely surprised. “[I] thought it was pretty hilarious,” Mock told. “Not unexpected though — the wildlife in Northern Australia is known for being bizarre.”
And bizarre it is, for the picture has now been shared tens of thousands of times in the last three days. In fact, even the curator of amphibian and reptile conservation biology at the Australian Museum, Dr Jodi Rowley, became one of the viewers. However, she had a varying perspective on the picture.
This is one of the most amazing videos I've seen!! Lots of *very* horny Cane #Toads (Rhinella marina) trying to mate with a large Olive #Python (Liasis olivaceus), with Giant Burrowing Frogs (Cyclorana australis) & Red Tree #Frogs (Litoria rubella) calling in the background! https://t.co/uy4yACCb8q
— Jodi Rowley (@jodirowley) December 31, 2018
“This is one of the most amazing videos I’ve seen!!” She recited her excitement on Twitter. “Lots of *very* horny Cane #Toads (Rhinella marina) trying to mate with a large Olive #Python (Liasis olivaceus), with Giant Burrowing Frogs (Cyclorana australis) & Red Tree #Frogs (Litoria rubella) calling in the background!”
On the other hand, since cane toads are responsible for many attacks on native species and for reproducing in a significant amount, many of the commentators were genuinely concerned for the reptile’s safety.
Following this, Andrew Mock has told the worried onlookers that Monty is doing just fine, and that he’s smart enough to look somewhere else for food and not on his back. He writes, “The snake has lived in that area for a few years now and has obviously managed to adapt. ‘Monty’ is still alive and well.”
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