Could you imagine bringing your car to the mechanic and telling them you have a snake problem? In North America, they’d either laugh you out of the shop or run away as fast as their legs could take them. In Australia, however, snakes under the hood aren’t as uncommon as you would think. In the video below, professional snake catcher Richie Gilbert was called to the residence of a Queensland woman after she found what appears to be a seven-foot carpet python underneath her hood.

“Yeah that would give you a fright wouldn’t it?” Gilbert remarked after popping the hood open.

Sure enough the python was coiled up and warming itself atop the engine. If it was any other snake, removing it would have been quite a feat. However, carpet pythons are known for being relatively docile, which makes them popular among pet owners.

Gilbert hardly hesitated before yanking the snake out of the car and playing with it like a scary, scaly scarf.

“This is actually a rather common occurrence and we only get called for the ones that are seen when someone has had a reason to lift the bonnet,” Gilbert wrote on Facebook. “Imagine how many car owners head off to work in the morning with a sneaky snake under the hood and don’t even realise. Maybe we should make it mandatory to check under the hood before we drive our cars here in [Queensland]?”

Here in QLD checking your cars engine bay for the VIN number isn’t as straight forward as you’d think. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be sweet. 1. Lift the hood2. Scream3. Drop the hood back down 4. Run to your phone & call a snake catcher 5. Get him (or her) to remove the snake6. Get the snake catcher to read the VIN out to you as you won’t be going in the engine bay again anytime soon. Lol. Well that’s pretty much how Kate from Mooloolah handled her situation today. She gave me a call after she got the fright of her life after lifting the bonnet of her boyfriends car. This is actually a rather common occurrence and we only get called for the ones that are seen when someone has had a reason to lift the bonnet. Imagine how many car owners head off to work in the morning with a sneaky snake under the hood and don’t even realise. Maybe we should make it mandatory to check under the hood before we drive our cars here in QLD? Just saying. Richie.

Posted by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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