A Queensland man made a terrifying discovery while travelling 100km/h on a regional highway last month.
Jimmy, 27, was driving on the Dawson Highway, west of Calliope near Gladstone, on June 15 when he noticed a brown snake in the car with him.
“I’m driving along at 100, and I just started to brake,” Jimmy told Queensland Police.
“…And the more I moved my legs… it just started to wrap around me. Its head just started striking at the (driver’s seat) chair, between my legs.”
The 27-year-old used his seatbelt and knife to ward off the serpent while trying to stop the car.
He feared it had bitten him so he decided to try and kill it while making his way to hospital.
A local patrol officer noticed Jimmy travelling at 123k/h and pulled him over.
Video shot by Queensland Police shows officers speaking with Jimmy.
“A brown snake or tiger snake is in the back of the ute,” he says.
“I think it has bitten me. It was in the car with me.”
They ask where Jimmy is travelling from, to which he responds Biloela. The officers seem skeptical of his claim.
“You can feel my heart, mate,” he says.
One of the officer’s then checks the back of the ute and finds the snake.
Paramedics were called in to treat Jimmy, but he luckily had not been bitten by the slithery passenger.
“It was pretty terrifying, I’ve never been so happy to see red and blue lights,” Jimmy said.
The eastern brown is considered to be one of the most venomous snakes in the world.
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