A couple had the most Australian Christmas ever when they found a 10-foot-python in their Christmas tree

Dev Khalsa/APA different python is pictured in Idaho in 2006.
  • A couple in Brisbane, Australia found a 10-foot python in an outdoor Christmas tree this week.
  • They left the snake alone and eventually it slithered away.
  • “It was actually quite nice to see it that close up,” Leanne Chapman told 7 News.
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A couple in Brisbane, Australia discovered some live garland decorating their outdoor Christmas tree on Thursday.

Leanne Chapman told 7 News that when she and her partner returned from work, they noticed some birds acting bizarrely on their porch.

“We came home from work and there’s a couple of butcher birds that visit every day and they were just kicking off on the balcony, going crazy,” Chapman said.

Her partner went out to take video of the birds, and was leaning on a Christmas tree to do so, when he suddenly realised the focus of the birds’ fear.

Chapman said he stepped back from the Christmas tree and realised that there was a snake wrapped around it.

“It was a bit of a shock to begin with,” she said. “You don’t really expect to see a snake in your Christmas tree.”

Her partner went back inside and the two watched the snake for a few hours before it eventually slithered off later that night.

“It wasn’t bothered by us. It just stayed there for a good few hours as we watched it through the window,” Chapman told CNN.

According to CNN, the snake was about 10 feet long.

“After the initial shock wore off, it was a really beautiful snake,” Chapman said. “It was actually quite nice to see it that close up because I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

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