According to The Sun UK, the really enormous snake had been kept as a pet at the family’s home, but was let free to play in the ankle-deep floodwaters.
Doan immediately leapt onto the deadly creature and straddled its back to begin riding it - and even giggled as he "giddies up" like a horse on the 180lb beast.
Pictures of the incident went viral with many claiming they were edited - but the lad’s family replied with a video proving it was real.
"It was a rainy day and the water flooded to the edge of the yard. So they put the python in there to play and relax."
Hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed, while vast amounts of live stock have also been killed.
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