Paul and Anne Mock said they spotted the strange sight on Sunday outside their home. (Paul Mock)
He’s just not that into you.
Mock said he spotted Monty, the large python that lived on the residence, slithering toward him in an attempt to flee the water.
“He was in the middle of the lawn, making for higher ground,” Mock said. “He was literally moving across the grass at full speed with the frogs hanging on.”
Mock’s brother, Andrew Mock, then snapped a photo of the 10 toads on the python and posted it on social media, prompting amusement followed by shock.
“68mm just fell in the last hour at Kununurra. Flushed all the cane toads out of my brothers dam. Some of them took the easy way out – hitching a ride on the back of a 3.5m python,” Andrew Mock tweeted in the post that garnered more than 9,000 likes and 310 comments.
“A metaphor for the relationship between public transportation and the tech industry,” one person responded.
“Good idea: Riding public transit to eliminate carbon footprints. Better idea: Riding something that leaves behind no footprints,” another user wrote.
One person tweeted, “Bloody hell. Stuff of nightmares.”
However, Jodi Rowley, a senior lecturer in biological sciences at the University of New South Wales and amphibian expert, gave a more thorough explanation on Monday of what exactly was occurring the picture.
And it was not PG.
“This is one of the most amazing videos I’ve seen!! Lots of *very* horny Cane #Toads (Rhinella marina) trying to mate with a large Olive #Python (Liasis olivaceus), with Giant Burrowing Frogs (Cyclorana australis) & Red Tree #Frogs (Litoria rubella) calling in the background!” Rowley said.
Rowley also posted a pic of a past incident when another indiscriminate cane toad was “trying to mate with a rotting mango” in North Queensland.
Cane toads are pests in Australia — to humans, pythons and mangos, evidently — and known to damage ecosystems. Millions of the venomous amphibians have been invading communities, leading the government to ask residents to collect and dispose of them, according to the National Geographic.