Bianca Dickinson, from Wimmera in outback Victoria, noticed something move just behind Molly during a photoshoot in their driveway on Wednesday afternoon, but assumed it was a piece of bark that had flown off a tree in the wind. But on closer inspection, the horrified mother realised it was much more sinister.
As her eyes adjusted, the mother was shocked to realise the movement was a two-metre Eastern brown snake, just centimetres from her toddler, Molly.
‘The photo still makes me have heart failure,’ Ms Dickinson told Daily Mail Australia.
Ms Dickinson said every part of her wanted to snatch Molly out of harms way, but knew if she did, it could startle the snake.
‘I think because I stayed still, she then stayed still and it literally just kept slithering past,’ Ms Dickinson said.
After she got Molly away from the snake, her other children asked her to check her camera roll to see if she captured the moment.