A mother who woke to her son's blood-curdling screams found him lying in bed with a large python biting down on his head.
The boy's mother, Tammy, ripped the three metre snake off her young son's face on Thursday night after the reptile managed to slither into their Macksville, northern NSW home.
Tyler was asleep on the top of a set of bunk beds when the snake slithered into his sheets and woke him up with a nasty surprise bite.
The snake continued to bite him on the hand before lunging at his face, biting it a number of times before the boy's mother came into the room.
The snake was killed by a family friend who posed proudly for a photo.
The man is holding the snake above his head in the photo - but it is so long it drapes on the ground at his feet.
The photo of the dead snake and one of the young boy's head injury was posted on Facebook and has attracted more than 2000 shares in 24 hours.
The python was not a pet, and had made its way into the house. The young boy is doing well, according to the Facebook post.
- Daily Mail