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A shopper at an Australian supermarket very momentarily got the crap scared out of her when a 10-foot-long diamond python (non-venomous, but still) emerged from a shelf as said shopper was browsing spice jars. 

“I was in the spice aisle just looking for something to put on my chicken that night so I didn’t initially see it because it was curled up way back behind the little jars of spices,” said Helaina Alati. “I kind of turned to my right and it poked its head out.”

Alati said that her head and the snake’s head got within eight inches of one another. 

Compounding an already rare incident (even in Australia) Alati happened to be trained in snake catching. This is why we qualified the opening sentence with the words “very momentarily.”

“Thankfully, I have a background in snakes so I was pretty calm about it. It definitely shocked me a little bit because I wasn’t expecting it,” Alati added.