Snakes are relatively common in Australia, but perhaps less so coiled up on people’s cars.
A driver got quite the surprise when a venomous red-bellied black snake made an appearance on the side of his car on Wednesday.
According to ABC News, driver Ted Ogier was driving back from the New South Wales town of Eden for work, when suddenly a snake slithered from under the bonnet to curl around the driver’s side mirror. Oh, and it wanted in.
“It was sort of tapping on the window a couple of times, because it obviously wanted to get in,” Ogier told the news outlet.
The snake was estimated to be about 2.5 metres (8 feet) long, and Ogier got a co-worker to remove the reptile with a broom. It’s likely the snake crawled in to the engine bay, seeking a bit of warmth.
While red-bellied black snakes are highly venomous, they are a shy snake, preferring to flee and will only bite if you seriously try and annoy it, according to the Australian Museum.