Latest car snake story a case of what might have been in recent Kurnell reptile encounter

Snake sightings are an inevitable part of our Australian summer – but you don't expect to see them wrapped around your car's side mirror while you're driving.

However, that is what Nolan's Auto Parts Pambula employee Ted Ogier saw on Wednesday, January 10, when driving along the highway to Pambula from Eden. 

Mr Ogier was returning from Eden after making deliveries when a red belly black snake dropped down on to his windscreen from the vehicle's roof. 

After failed attempts to enter the vehicle, the excitable reptile then tried to enter the driver's side window after first wrapping itself around the car's side mirror. 

Nolan's Auto Parts Pambula employee Ted Ogier didn't expect to see a snake on his car's side mirror when driving along the highway to Pambula from Eden. Photo: Nolan's Auto Parts, Pambula

Nolan's Auto Parts Pambula employee Ted Ogier didn't expect to see a snake on his car's side mirror when driving along the highway to Pambula from Eden. Photo: Nolan's Auto Parts, Pambula

After travelling with the reptile for some time, Mr Ogier pulled over at Oaklands Event Centre near Pambula  and rang his manager, Kai Pearse, for assistance. 

“What do I do here? I have a snake on my bonnet!” Mr Ogier told Mr Pearse over the phone.

When Mr Pearse arrived at Oaklands he saw the snake on the roof of the vehicle, which he described as being between 2 and 2.5 metres long. After some careful manoeuvring, the snake was ushered away with a broom before it slithered safely into a nearby paddock. 

Photos of the encounter have received a huge response on social media.

Many of those commenting wrote messages along the lines of needing a change of pants had that happened to them, or that the car needed torching now.

Mr Garbutt returned to his car after an evening walk at Kurnell on December  28, to find a note had  been left on his windscreen by a passerby warning him that a red-bellied black snake was seen crawling up into the wheel of his car.

In the hood: "I popped the bonnet and there it was coiled up underneath," Michael said. Picture: Michael Garbutt

In the hood: "I popped the bonnet and there it was coiled up underneath," Michael said. Picture: Michael Garbutt

“So I popped the bonnet and there it was coiled up underneath,” Michael told the Leader.

Note of caution: The note left on the windscreen of Michael Garbutt's car by an anonymous passerby.

Note of caution: The note left on the windscreen of Michael Garbutt's car by an anonymous passerby.

“To say I was shocked is an understatement. On reflection I didn’t think I would have put my hand out to pop the bonnet if I had known it was there.

“My main concern was how do I get rid of it.”

Michael found the number of Andrew Melrose of Shire Snake Catchers of Engadine who headed straight out to Kurnell to remove the reptile.

Mr Melrose said it is common to find them in cars.

Shire snake catcher coaxes red-bellied black snake from car at Kurnell.

“If they get startled they look for the first place that is safe,” he told the Leader.

“The place I found it was very bare. There was no place for the snake to escape.  People would have startled it and the only place for it to hide was the car.

“The driver could have driven off completely unaware.

“Snakes will do anything to stay away. That’s why they get into a car.”

Luckily for Mr Garbutt a note from a Good Samaritan saved him from a similar experience to that of Ted Ogier on the far south coast.

The story, Snake hitches ride from Eden to Pambula, first appeared on the Eden Magnet.

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