Man Finds Huge Python Curled up on Dish Rack as He Cleared Plates

A man was shocked to find a massive python curled up on a dish rack as he absentmindedly cleared plates one morning.

Keith Williams, a local councilor, was waiting for a hit of caffeine as he tidied away crockery, completely oblivious to the huge snake having a snooze in the kitchen.

Williams, from Australia, shared an incredible image to his Twitter account, @Captainturtle, on Wednesday, showing the serpent carefully curled up around some glasses.

He posted: "Can't believe I cleared part of the dish rack before I even noticed. OK, I'd just got up and was waiting for coffee. But still..."

Speaking to Newsweek, Williams explained more about where the snake was found, saying: "I live in a 120-year-old church, converted to a house, that's had a partially enclosed 40 seat restaurant built on to it. The sink in question is in the restaurant, not inside the house."

He did worry about his crockery after spotting the serpent, adding: "I definitely jumped a mile when I eventually spotted the snake. But once I calmed down I realized it was a carpet python. Non-venomous and no danger to me.

"Then it's how do I get it out of there without breaking anything?"

In the comments, he confessed: "I admit nothing but I did have a shower and a change of clothes afterward."

Williams, whose account says he's the chair of Rous County Council, and councilor for Ballina Shire, shared updates on the snake situation, including a video of the legless creature peering out a window.

Keith William's photo of the snake.
Keith Williams' photo of the snake. Williams says he calmed down when he realized it wasn't venomous. @Captainturtle / Keith Williams

"Sneak is getting the idea now," Williams captioned a video, viewed nearly 30,000 times. And he shared another post for his followers, writing: "Update: Lovely python has made its way outside and all is returning to normal. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a lot of washing up to redo."

But the snake lived up to its species' reputation, as the cunning python didn't exit, and instead reappeared more than an hour later, sparking a commotion.

Williams wrote: "Further update: Sneaky snek didn't go outside... Just had a bit of a ruckus in the restaurant."

Although in another comment, Williams said: "I would rather have a python hanging around than the rats and mice they eat. Never saw a mouse while they lived in the roof."

Referring to his initial coffee-making foray which had to be abandoned, Williams joked in the comments: "The British part of me is ashamed I haven't immediately offered a visitor a cuppa."

While in another he wrote: "I surprised myself by being quite calm. I think I was still waking up. Pythons don't freak me out anywhere near as much as Brown snakes."

Keith William's photo of the snake.
Keith Williams' photo of the snake. Williams had woken up in search of coffee when he spotted the carpet python. @Captainturtle / Keith Williams

It later emerged the unexpected visitor was a carpet python, and Williams appeared on a local channel, News Breakfast, to recount the tale—confirming the snake did eventually leave.

He told them: "It's always a freak out, seeing a snake, although I'm generally cool about them. Just when you first see it, you jump a mile and the heart races. Then you start to calm down when you realize it's a lovely python and I don't really need to be scared of it.

"We thought it had gone by about 9 o'clock, the window was open, it was looking out. I backed off to let it do its thing, we thought it had gone. Then about an hour-and-a-half later it reappeared while the restaurant was open, and started going across the floor.

"So we opened a different window and it went out. It did cause quite a ruckus for a few minutes."

According to the website Everythingreptiles, while carpet pythons aren't venomous, they're impressive in size and can grow up to 12 feet long.

Keith William's photo of the snake.
Keith Williams' photo of the snake. The Australian thought the snake had left out a window, only to see it reappear later. @Captainturtle / Keith Williams

They said: "In the wild these snakes are not very aggressive. They are not a threat to humans and are very often encountered in Australia when they approach houses in search of food."

Despite it not posing a threat, FCW commented on Twitter: "I would move house and not even take my clothes."

Stewy Melbourne admitted: "THIS is why I make my bed the second I get out of it."

"The shape of that head and size of that fellow would send me screaming for the local snake catcher. Someone who knows what they are doing and has the right tools for the job. What is it, a brown or heaven help you a taipan!!!" MEG wrote.

While Down by the seaside.... Joked: "Holy crap—I'm not surprised you didn't notice it—I had to look twice at your photo—btw does the snake take its coffee black or white?"

Update 10/11/21, 11:45 a.m. ET: This article was updated with comment, video and photos from Williams.