An uninvited guest always has the potential to upend your holiday plans, especially if it’s a giant python!
Leanne Chapman and her partner weren’t expecting company when they returned to their house in Australia and found a group of birds making a loud fuss on the 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 told CNN affiliate 7News.
When her partner went to video the commotion, he brushed up against the outdoor Christmas tree and discovered they had another unexpected visitor in their midst.
"As he's turned around and stepped back, he didn't realize he was leaning on the Christmas tree with the snake wrapped around it," she added.
While the couple was initially shocked, they remained calm and went back inside. They watched their new potentially deadly neighbor for several hours from the safety of their home.
"It wasn't bothered by us,” Chapman recalled. “It just stayed there for a good few hours as we watched it through the window."
Their remarkable serenity was partially due to the fact that they hadn’t realized the enormity of the creature until it began to slither away.
“It was big — really big,” she said of the 10-foot serpent.
While pythons can grow quite large, they are nonvenomous. And although very rare, they have the ability to kill humans in minutes, according to USA Today.
The couple didn’t seem concerned with the possibility of the snake returning for more unplanned holiday fun and instead were quite enthralled by the entire episode.
"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."
We’ll take her word for it!