10/07/2013 10:03 BST

Massive Snake In Charity Shop Found As Police Investigate Suspected Burglary In Australia (PICTURES)

Police investigating a break-in at a shop in Australia were shocked to be confronted by a 5.7m python.

The suspicious and slippery surprise slithered slowly and surreptitiously into the ceiling of the second-hand store in sunny Queensland.

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A snake handler retrieved the 17kg beast, which had a head the "size of a small dog".

It has since been released into nearby wetlands.

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