01/07/2013 09:58 am ET

Mother Saves Daughter From Python In Bed

That'sssssss quick thinking.

A New South Wales, Australia mom saved her daughter from a six-foot-long python who had curled itself around the toddler's arm early Saturday morning.

"I heard the cat hissing on the bed, which is what woke me up in the first place," Tess Guthrie told Nine News.
"I thought it was a dream when I saw the python wrapped around Zara and I didn't think it was real."

Guthrie grabbed the snake close to its head and tried to fling it off her 2-year-old. But the snake resisted, coiling tighter around Zara and biting the girl three times.

"On the third time [it was biting down on her] I grabbed the snake on the head and I pulled her and the snake apart from each other," Guthrie told the Brisbane Times. "In my head I was just going through this unbelievable terror, and my thought was that it was going to actually kill her at first, because it was wrapped so tight."

Zara was taken to the hospital, treated for the bites and released.

Tex Tillis of Tex's Snake Removals' who removed the snake, said the coastal python or carpet snake was not looking for a meal, just somewhere warm.

"Pythons, underneath their bottom lip have a row of sensors which evolution has equipped them with to see the world in infrared. In the dark, baby and mother sleeping in the bed would look like a lump of heat," Tillis said.

The snake turned violent when it felt threatened, Tillis told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"She missed the head by about six inches, so, whenever a snake is grabbed the only thing it can conclude is that anything that can grab it can also eat it, so it panicked and it started to constrict the arm at that point and started to bite the baby," Tillis said.

Guthrie didn't want the snake killed, and instead it was released into the wild.



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