This is not the kind of hitch-hiker you want in your car
A MELBOURNE photographer had a run in with a python on his way to Protesters Falls, near Nimbin, recently.
Darren Keane was on his way to the falls when he came across a Coastal carpet python slowly crossing the road, WIRES said.
Knowing that the reptile was in danger on the road he stopped to slow approaching traffic, however he had not intended to offer the stranger a lift.
As Mr Keane was diverting traffic the python sought refuge in in the engine bay of his car.
Following the advice and efforts of some friendly locals Mr Keane called WIRES for help.
On arrival the WIRES reptile handler found that the python had moved from the engine bay to the suspension coil above the front wheel and had secured a solid hold and was not keen to give up his new found security.
After more than an hour of attempts at gentle persuasion it was decided the python was not about to move any time soon.
Driver and rescuer retreated for the night, leaving the reptile with the car to consider his position with a view to moving on.
Alas the following day found 'Monty' still enjoying his new found home and now back in the engine bay.
With advice from local mechanics, removal of some hosing, a firm hold on the python by the handler and a gentle massage for the snake by the driver Monty seemingly realised he was in safe hands, relinquished his hold and surrendered to his rescuers.
Following a thorough check for injury he was released close by in a sunny spot to heat up and resume his life in the wild.
WIRES gave a big thank you to Mr Keane for remaining so relaxed, taking some great photos and for keeping the python at the forefront of his thoughts throughout the long process.