A RED-bellied black snake has given a Norco employee the shock of her life.
Milk supply field officer for the southern region Maree Sanger was driving a Norco company car near Woodburn when, out of the corner of her eye, she noticed something move.
"I looked over to the passenger's seat and saw a large red-bellied black snake on top of my handbag, looking out the window," Ms Sanger said.
She pulled over, jumped out of the car and slammed the door.
"I was shaking on the side of the road when a truck driver came to my aid and let me borrow his mobile, as mine had gone flat," Ms Sanger explained.
Ms Sanger called the WIRES hotline, while the truck driver opened the doors to try and let the snake out.
But when the WIRES volunteers arrived, they were unable to find the snake and Ms Sanger was adamant it had "gone into hiding" in the car.
A decision was made to tow the vehicle to Lismore, where a bowl of water was placed on the back seat to entice the snake out.
But nine days passed and the snake still had not been found.
Another Norco employee later mistakenly hopped into the car, only to see the see the snake sunning itself on the back seat.
Again, WIRES was unable to find the snake and they became concerned the snake would become dehydrated and hungry.
They suggested leaving doors open and putting a band of fine sand around the vehicle to show if the snake had slithered out.
But the following day, the snake was again spotted sunning itself, on the dashboard.
Fortunately a WIRES snake handler was less than a kilometre away and was at the depot in a few minutes.
The shy 1.5m snake flattened itself when approached, which is typical of how they behave when they feel threatened. But the volunteer successfully bagged the snake and released it on the banks of the Wilson River. As thanks, Norco made a donation to WIRES.
- Maree Sanger