A MAN has severely tempted fate after provoking a carpet python to strike during an encounter caught on film in Byron Bay.
Footage of the incident shows the snake coiled up in a defensive position just off a forested area in the northern NSW town.
"Bet (the snake) is going to strike. Ready? Watch this. C'mon, c'mon," the man, who can only be identified by his Twitter handle 'Biza…', says.
Moments later the snake launches itself at the camera.
"There he goes," the man says laughing. "That leap's awesome!"
The man then asks for a second strike but the snake's loud hissing forces the man to change his mind and leave the animal alone.
The Twitter video was simply captioned "stumbled across my old mate "Monty" today…." followed by several hashtags.