A Toonumbar resident, ready to drive to work, was surprised to find a cheeky hitchhiker inside his sport utility. A large python was settled on the dashboard! Photo Contributed
A Toonumbar resident, ready to drive to work, was surprised to find a cheeky hitchhiker inside his sport utility. A large python was settled on the dashboard! Photo Contributed Contributed

Python make home for winter - on dashboard of a man's car

A TOONUMBAR resident has had the shock of their life when they found a large python had made himself comfortable inside his car.

Ready to drive to work, the man found the python with the width of a wine bottle settled on the dashboard, WIRES Northern Rivers said on their Facebook Page.

The car owner made the "wise decision" to open the doors and then keep his distance, WIRES said, hoping the python would make it's own way out. 

However, after five days, the python was still sunning itself on the dashboard, so the resident called WIRES.

WIRES reptile handlers luckily responded to the call, because it seemed the python had moved in for winter and was a bit cranky about being disturbed.

The 2.8m python was gradually coaxed from the vehicle and released on the property. 

If a snake is injured, in trouble or inside your house, WIRES will come to the rescue.

The WIRES Northern Rivers website www.wiresnr.org has snake identification and general information of interest.

WIRES advise that to avoid contact with reptile.

As they say: If you leave the snake alone, it will most likely move away when it feels secure to do so.

"Snakes are not aggressive, however they will try to defend themselves if threatened," the WIRES post said.



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