Scaly stowaway stuns family returning to car after Brisbane picnic

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Skin-crawling images have emerged of a huge python wrapped around the rearview mirror of a car in Queensland.

A family had been enjoying a picnic north of Brisbane on Sunday when they returned to their car to find the uninvited passenger.

A large carpet python wrapped around the rear view mirror of a car in Queensland. Source: Josh's Snake Catching and Relocation
The carpet python was about 1.3 metres long Source: Josh's Snake Catching and Relocation

Thankfully, they made the heart-stopping discovery before entering the vehicle as it was hard to miss the slippery serpent staring back through the window.

A woman swiftly called local snake catcher Josh Castle, who deployed Peter on his staff to safely remove it.

“Most reactions usually have swear words in them so can’t really repeat them,” Mr Castle told Yahoo News.

A large carpet python wrapped around the rear view mirror of a car in Queensland. Source: Josh's Snake Catching and Relocation
The snake was wrapped around the rearview mirror, staring out the window of the car. Source: Josh's Snake Catching and Relocation

Snake may have crawled through window

Mr Castle believes the 1.3 metre snake may have broken in through a gap in the window, which had been intentionally left down to keep the car cool.

“We can’t say for sure though, no one saw it go in,” he said.

A large carpet python wrapped around the rear view mirror of a car in Queensland. Source: Josh's Snake Catching and Relocation
The family had left their car windows slightly open to keep the car cool. Source: Josh's Snake Catching and Relocation

The North Brisbane snake catcher added he’s seen bigger snakes slither into cars through the wheel arch and squeezing past the door trim.

“They can flatten themselves right down,” he said, adding he had never seen a snake wrapped around the rear view mirror before.

He said it’s likely the python was seeking shelter from the recent wet weather.

“There’s three possible reasons — to avoid rain, cool or dry down or three, to warm up as the window is like a magnifying glass for the sun.”

Skin-crawling photos prompt 'hiss-terical' reaction online

A series of shocked comments slithered in when Mr Castle shared the ordeal on his businesses Facebook page.

“Yep python now owns the car! I’ll just foot falcon it home,” one Facebook user wrote.

Another said: “Hah python now has a new car!”

One person declared: “I’ll walk home thanks.”

“Fair dinkum - this is too much for me!,” another wrote.

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