Family Disturbs 12-Foot Python Curled Up in Their Kitchen in Chilling Video

An Indonesian family woke up to a bloodcurdling sight on Saturday—a 12-foot python curled up in their kitchen.

Footage captured the enormous snake making itself at home in their kitchen window in Tangerang City, Indonesia, according to Newsflare. The family was reportedly sleeping when it slithered in, but they were startled awake by the sound of banging metal pots at around 3 a.m.

The outlet reported a neighbor who had experience catching snakes came to the family's rescue, according to onlooker Nhudin. Video showed him using a broom to lightly prod the python until it plopped to the floor. Then, after covering its head with a cloth, the neighbor carried the python out of the house's front door.

No one was reported to be hurt, Nhudin said.

Burmese Python
An Indonesian family woke up to a bloodcurdling sight on Saturday—a 12-foot python curled up in their kitchen. Here, a Burmese Python at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol, England, in 2016. Matt Cardy / Stringer/Getty Images Europe

Although it is rare that pythons kill people, the species that do are usually reticulated pythons, African rock pythons and occasionally large Burmese pythons, according to National Geographic. The snakes use an ambush technique, jumping out and seizing the prey with their teeth while wrapping their coils around it. When the victim exhales, the python squeezes tighter until finally suffocating and swallowing them.

Human actions are to blame for rising python attacks on people in Indonesia. The country is the world's largest producer and exporter of palm oil, according to Statista. Much of this palm oil is produced through the destruction of tropical rainforests and peatlands, where pythons live. Deforestation increases the likelihood that people will be attacked by pythons.

"They're not coming after us," said Doug Boucher of the Union of Concerned Scientists in Science Trends. "In various ways, either directly or by our actions with changing land use, we're coming after them."

In 2018, the body of Indonesian woman Wa Tiba was cut from the belly of a 23-foot-python after it devoured her. Earlier this year, a Malaysian man needed medical treatment after a python bit him on the backside as he sat on the toilet.

In the United States, Burmese pythons have become a hugely successful invasive species in southern Florida, with estimates ranging from tens of thousands to more than 100,000 roaming the Everglades. The species was introduced to Florida in the 1970s and 1980s, when thousands of Burmese pythons were imported to be sold as exotic pets.

However, some owners who could not handle the animals and find new homes for them illegally released the giant snakes. The freed pets bred in the wild and eventually established the state's massive population of Burmese pythons.