Commuters in Sydney's Moore Park were stunned to see a two-metre long snake trying to cross busy South Dowling Street at peak hour on Monday morning.
A staffer from Randwick City Council snapped a picture of the reptile as it paused on the median strip, near the intersection of Dacey Avenue, headed in the direction of the Moore Park Supa Centa.
Snake snapped on Sydney street
A snake seen on South Dowling street in Sydney was caught on camera by a passing pedestrian.
The snake, believed to be an escaped pet, was suffering a severe injury to the tip of its tail, most likely caused by a north-bound car.
Wildlife rescue service WIRES was contacted but, by the time a snake wrangler arrived at the scene, it was too late to save the animal.
Randwick City Council spokesman Joshua Hay said he believed the snake was hit by a south-bound car and nothing could be done to help it.
"It looks as if he might have been hit once crossing the north-bound lane and then he was cleaned up on the south-bound lane," he said.
"He was so out of his element. It looked as if he was headed to the Supa Centa but he didn't make it."
The snake sighting comes a week after a wallaby was spotted bounding down Centennial Avenue in Chatswood in the direction of the Pacific Highway.
The Australian Reptile Park has identified the unfortunate creature as a diamond python, found in the wild in coastal areas of NSW but also kept as pets due to their placid nature.