A Central Australian man says he got the fright of his life when he woke up in the dark with a metre-long snake lying on top of him.
Bryan Groacke says recent rains and abundant mice have attracted a large number of snakes to the community of Imanpa, about 200 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs.
"We've got brown snakes here running around the place everywhere," he said.
"But all I know is I woke up and I felt this really cold snake on top of me.
"So I grabbed it and threw it at the wall and [I did] a bit of a Michael Jackson moon dance there.
"I put the light on and realised it was a big carpet snake, so it wasn't so bad, but I learnt a few new karate moves that day."
He says the snake must have found its way into his house through a crack in the floorboards.
"He must have just crawled straight up on the end of the bed and straight on top of me."