Terrifying find under Toyota bonnet: 'Striking out'

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Out of all the things to find under a car bonnet, a carpet python is not something you want to see.

Steven Brown from Brisbane North Snake Catchers had the task of removing a 2.5 metre coast carpet python from a car bonnet, coaxing the snake out from the engine of a vehicle with a "tickle."

Mr Brown explained that a woman had been walking towards her car when she saw the reptile on her lawn.

"The snake began to be attacked by a number of birds which made it retreat to hide and slithered up underneath the rear of the car," Mr Brown told Yahoo News Australia.

"It then made its way along the underneath of the car and they lost sight of it."

The snake was removed from a car bonnet.  Source: Facebook
The snake was removed from a car bonnet. Source: Facebook

When Mr Brown got there, he popped open the bonnet to find it sitting at the back of the engine in the engine bay.

'Gentle Giant'

The snake catcher posted a video of the python's removal to Facebook, explaining he had to grab its head as it started getting defensive.

"I [don't] like to head grab a snake," he said. "But in this case I had to as he was striking out and the more I tried to find a way to make him move it just aggrieved him even more."

Soon after he had the head, he began to gently try and remove it for the engine, tickling it sometimes to make it move.

"As you can see in the video as soon as I had him slithering out I moved my grip further down its body to cause less stress.

"Once out he was a gentle giant and knew I wasn’t there to harm him."

Facebook users couldn't believe how calm the man was as he removed the python.

"That's not small," one user wrote.

"All looks very gentle and reasonable to me, but thank you for the explanation!" said another.

Carpet python sightings common

Brandon Wilkinson from Snake Catchers Brisbane & Gold Coast told Yahoo News Australia previously that coastal carpet pythons are "ridiculously common" and he probably gets the most call-outs for those.

He added now is the time of year breeding starts to slow down and there are female snakes getting ready to lay eggs.

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