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Cane Toads Riding 3.5-Metre Python Apparently Trying To Get A Root

Horny or hurried? Perhaps these cane toads are both.

A Western Australian man snapped the unusual sight of cane toads escaping rising waters by hitching a ride on a python -- but one expert reckons the toads may have had more amorous intentions.

Paul Mock, who hails from the northern WA town of Kununurra, went outside to check on the dam after a storm dumped 70mm of rain in one hour.

What he found instead was about ten cane toads hitching a ride on the back of a 3.5-metre python.

"I went out and the lake had overflowed," he told the BBC.

"Thousands of toads were all trying to find somewhere to go. And then I saw ... our local python with a bunch of hitchhikers on his back."

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Both the python -- nicknamed 'Monty' -- and the cane toads are a regular sight, but this particular method of transportation is not.

"Monty is well known to us. He hangs around the back of our pool and scares my wife when she's hanging up our washing," Mock continued.

He sent a picture to his brother Andrew, who uploaded the image to Twitter, where was retweeted 5,000 times.

However, a biologist at the University of New South Wales, Jodi Rowley, said it was more likely the toads were trying to mate with the snake instead.

"Lots of very horny cane toads trying to mate with a large olive python," she tweeted, adding that it was one of most amazing things she'd ever seen.

Rowley explained that male cane toads will "often get a bit carried away", posting a photo she snapped of one mating with a rotting mango.

Cane toads will apparently mate anything. Photo: Jodi Rowley / Twitter.

That's certainly one way to ring in the new year.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au

Featured image: Twitter via Andrew Mock