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Python tried to eat sleeping woman while being tracked by biologists

This python tried – and failed – to eat a woman and her pet dog

Daniel Natusch

It was 2.30 am when Lea-Ann Mears suddenly woke to the feeling of a 4-metre-long scrub python sinking its teeth into her posterior.

Mears knew the python was near her home – in fact, reptile biologist Daniel Natusch had called the previous day to warn her to lock doors and close windows. Natusch, based at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, had been tracking the snake – which had been implanted with a radiotelemetry device – for the previous five weeks as part of a study …

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