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Police Patiently Wait for Massive Python to be 'Good and Ready to Move'

Photo via Queensland Police

There are wildlife crossings, and then there are epic wildlife crossings. Such was the case over the weekend for police in Queensland, Australia, when they had to patiently wait for a mammoth snake to cross the road before they could continue on their route.

As you'd expect, the officers stopped to pose for a photo and post it to their Facebook page with the caption, "Boss, we're going to need a bigger ladder."

According to the Cairns Post, the scrub python was an estimated 16 feet long. That's huge, but not exactly record breaking. These snakes — the largest ones in Australia — can grow up to 26 feet.

"There was no passing in the police vehicle until this scrub python was good and ready to move," police said in a statement. "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!)."

Brave, indeed.

While scrub pythons are non-venemous, they kill their prey by constricting it and can take down animals as large as wallabies.


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