Man does 'moon dance' after waking up with snake

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."

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