Spotting a snake in your car while you're driving is the stuff of nightmares.
But one Queensland woman avoided this scenario on Australia Day, thanks to the quick-thinking actions of a passerby.
Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers owner Stuart McKenzie was called to rescue a two-metre carpet python from under a car bonnet, after a Currimundi woman found four warning notes stuck to her vehicle.
Mr McKenzie initially thought the call was a prank, but decided to have a look for the caller's "peace of mind".
Sure enough, the reptile was found on top of the engine, likely in an attempt to escape the previous night's rain.
"I couldn't believe it," Mr McKenzie said. "It was the perfect spot, nice and warm."
McKenzie said if the snake had appeared on the windscreen while the woman was driving, it could've caused a car crash.
The woman was "relieved" once the snake was picked up and put in a bag.
"She was really thankful for the person who left the notes," he said.
Mr McKenzie had an audience during the rescue, as the neighbours gathered around to see what the fuss was about.
"They were loving it, they thought it was pretty cool," he said.
It's not the first time a note on a car window has alerted a driver to a hiding snake.
In September 2019 another Queenslander returned to their car to see a letter warning them.
The latest incident is a timely reminder that snakes are more prevalent during the warmer months.
"Snakes are on the move so keep an eye for them," Mr McKenzie said.
"It's our busiest time of the year. We're getting absolutely inundated."
Mr McKenzie reminded people to seek professional services to remove snakes.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/snakes-note-on-queensland-womans-car-prompts-rescue-and-a-warning/6bde21e1-57c2-44cc-b8a2-81e49fd5c426