A five-year-old boy in Australia survived being bitten and crushed by a car-length python that dragged him into a swimming pool.

Beau Blake was playing by the pool at the family home in Byron Bay, New South Wales, when the 10ft (3m) snake slammed into the undergrowth.

The python bit the youngster, dove the two of them into the water, and wrapped itself around one of its legs.

Rushing to the rescue, the boy’s grandfather, Allan, 76, dove into the pool and picked up Beau, still entangled with the snake.

The boy’s father, Ben, then freed him from the reptile’s deadly grip, used to suppress prey.

“I’m not a little boy… [so] I got it released in 15 to 20 seconds,” he said.

Despite his ordeal, Beau is said to be in good spirits and escaped with only minor injuries.

Ben told local media: “Once we cleaned up the blood and told him he wasn’t going to die because he wasn’t a poisonous snake… he was pretty good actually.

“He’s an absolute soldier.”

Although pythons are not poisonous, the five-year-old was treated to prevent the bite from becoming infected.

Describing the drama, Ben said: “[Beau] just walked around the edge [of the pool]…and I believe the python was kind of sitting there, waiting for a victim to come…and Beau was.

“I saw a large black shadow come out of the bush and before they reached the bottom it was completely wrapped around his leg.”

After freeing his son, Ben clung to the python for around 10 minutes as he tried to calm his children and father, before releasing him back into the vegetation.

“He went back to the crime scene, the bad thing,” he said.

Ben pointed out that pythons are a fact of life in the subtropics, an eight-hour drive north of Sydney, and added: “It’s Australia. They’re pretty much there.”

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