Snake catcher finds reptile keeping warm in unexpected place

A Queensland woman checking the water levels of her car’s windscreen wipers was shocked to find a slithery intruder keeping warm under the bonnet.

Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie was called to the young driver’s property in Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday after she spotted a carpet python coiled up on top of her car’s engine.

Mr McKenzie, owner of local business The Snake Catcher 24/7 – Sunshine Coast, took to Facebook to share a video of the snake’s removal.

The snake was coiled up on top of the car’s engine. Source: Facebook/ The Snake Catcher 24/7 – Sunshine Coast

“A young lady looking to check the water levels of her windscreen wipers when she found a carpet python curled up on her engine!” he wrote.

Mr McKenzie warned snakes could cause considerable damage to the vehicle and themselves if they begin to explore further.

“The last thing we want is for him to go deeper into the engine,” he said.

In the short clip he can be seen safely moving the snake from under the bonnet before placing it inside a bag and moving it to a more natural habitat.

Catcher Stuart McKenzie safely removed the carpet python before taking it away to a more natural habitat. Source: Facebook/ The Snake Catcher 24/7 – Sunshine Coast

“This fella was relocated to a more appropriate area of bushland,” he revealed.

The woman’s find appeared all too much for some Facebook users.

“Lucky she popped her bonnet!” one said.

“I’m not ever popping the bonnet,” another proclaimed.

The woman’s discovery comes after another carpet python was discovered wrapped around a water heater’s piping at another Sunshine Coast home last month.

Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7’s Lockie Gilding said snakes finding solace beside water heaters and other warm areas was a common occurrence during the winter months.