by Alina Rylko
BALLINA Shire Councillor Keith Williams' Facebook video of two pythons hanging outside his kitchen window has gone viral with 90,000 impressions overnight.
Mr Williams spotted the pair - initially though to be breeding - while making a cup of coffee at his Tintenbar home on Friday morning.
After posting the video on Facebook, originally captioned: "Holy S**t", he was informed the 3.5m snakes were males, in a battle for supremacy over a female.
The theory stacked up, Mr Williams said.
"Our resident snakes - a male and a female python - have lived in our roof space during winter for the last three years.
"We think another male has come along, and he's been chased off after a fight.
"It was just fascinating to watch as it went on for forty five minutes - it was amazing."
The video has garnered 90 thousand impressions so far on Facebook and 24,000 views on Twitter, where one Re-tweeter said: 'Australia is the only country ready for an apocalypse".
They're all cheerily commenting about roof 🐍s being a cute, normal thing. AUS is the only country trained & ready for the apocalypse. https://t.co/0RdfBJjJwN— Engineer Chick (@engineerchick85) August 18, 2017
An international press agency has taken ownership of the original video for international distribution, paying Mr Williams 50% of whatever it generates.
It will be at least another month before Mr Williams finds out if he's made any money.
In the meantime, a pair of pythons are continuing to hang around Mr William's veranda.
Half an hour later...— Captain Turtle (@Captainturtle) August 18, 2017
Thinking that's a whole lot of snake that's been living in our roof over winter. Love pythons more than rats. pic.twitter.com/8kQDAuOhpn
"During winter when they live in the house we don't have any problems with rats or mice, which is a great thing
"These are pythons, they're harmless, they're just beautiful to watch."
Mr Williams is also the president of Ballina Sea Bird Rescue, which had its first turtle rescue this week, after a period of no ill turtles washing up on the beach since April.
Our vet nurse rehydrating Lucky the Green Sea turtle pic.twitter.com/ZPtwrX5tvO— Aus. Seabird Rescue (@seabirdrescue) August 16, 2017