Mr Murdoch, of Hampton Gardens, Southend, said his main instinct was keeping Tara well away from the snake due to fears she could be hurt.
He said: "I was walking my Alsatian puppy when I saw a large snake on the path in front of me. It was about 3ft to 4ft long, raised its head, opened its mouth and stuck its tongue out then slithered off into the long grass near the children's playground.
"I took some photographs and kept my puppy well away from it. There is obviously a colony of them living there in the long grass."There is...?
Well, don't worry. It's the Jap soldiers who don't realise the war's over you've really got to watch out for...