Sidhi Siddharth Sinune crawls behind the python and shrieks in delight as it weaves through her tiny legs.
While her parents are away working in the fields in a rural Indian village in Maharashtra, the baby girl pats the reptile and even playfully bites its tail.
The non-venomous snake could easily squeeze Sidhi to death or swallow her whole.
But her father, Siddharth Sinune, said he cannot afford to buy her toys – instead bringing home his prey from his job as a snake catcher.
Before putting them back in the forests, he keeps them at home for his only daughter’s amusement.
Siddharth said: ‘Sidhi has an unusual bonding with the snakes and surprisingly they too like to play with her.
‘Being a poor farmer, I can’t buy her costly toys but I can get her snakes to play with.
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