A zookeeper had a brush with a python "too close for comfort" when it lunged at his face and he only just dodged out of the way in time, as shown in a nail-biting video on his Instagram page.
The giant reticulated python was guarding her eggs when Jay Brewer, who owns The Reptile Zoo in California, tried to collect some for safekeeping.
Footage shows the animal expose her fangs and dart straight at his eyes.
Jay swings out of the way and then looks towards the camera in shock, realising what a close escape he has had.
Pythons are not venomous but they are incredibly strong and attack with deadly force, even known to have killed a few humans.
Jay uploaded the video onto his Instagram and said it was "way too close for comfort", and later gave an update explaining what had happened.
He wrote: "When I say this snake is grumpy… I mean she's grumpy!
"This is one of the craziest clutches I've pulled in a long time.
"She doesn't know I'm just trying to save the few good eggs she has.
"Without removing them even the good ones would have rotted.
"That is why I'm willing to take the risk to save the babies."
The video was "liked" more than 800,000 times on the social media site and many people admitted their hearts had been in their mouths.
One person joked: "You was looking like a snack."
"Bruhhhh!! That strike tickled an eyelash," quipped another person.
Another fan told him: "You dodge better than Floyd Mayweather."
"I think I’d have a heart attack," confessed another.
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