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Shock as two snakes - one of them deadly - slither into Illawarra cars

Nadine Morton
Updated December 3 2023 - 4:08pm, first published December 1 2023 - 5:16pm
The diamond python and (far right) deadly red-bellied black snake that slithered into two Illawarra cars. Pictures Ben Patching, Illawarra Snake Catcher
The diamond python and (far right) deadly red-bellied black snake that slithered into two Illawarra cars. Pictures Ben Patching, Illawarra Snake Catcher

Two snakes, one deadly, in two cars on the same day - you might just want to check before you go driving next time.

A highly venomous red-bellied black snake took up residence in a Commodore in Kanahooka, the other was a non-venomous diamond python in a four-wheel-drive in Kiama.

The emergency call outs to Illawarra snake catchers both happened on Thursday, November 30 and car owners were left rattled.

The red-bellied was removed by Illawarra Snake Catcher's Glen Peacock who is no stranger to removing deadly snakes.

WATCH: A deadly red-bellied black snake being removed from a Commodore in Kanahooka on November 30, 2023. Video by Illawarra Snake Catcher

He recently removed the same type of snake from a Bulli backyard that killed two pet dogs.

In Kiama, the two-metre long diamond python was spotted poking its head out of the rear wheel of a car as owner Alex McPaul walked towards her 4WD.

Undeterred she rang wildlife rescue group WIRES and then the guys at Tyrepower just down the road.

"She rang up and said 'I've got a snake in my wheel'," Tyrepower manager Ben Patching said.

Ms McPaul drove her car to Tyrepower where staff discovered it was wrapped around the back wheel.

"I thought I'm not taking this wheel off to play snakes and ladders," Mr Patching joked.

WIRES volunteer Hugh with the two-metre long diamond python that he removed from a four-wheel-drive in Kiama. Picture by Ben Patching. Pictures by Ben Patching

"She had the WIRES guy and all she needed was a hoist. I drove it on [the hoist] but I wasn't looking where I was going, I was looking for the snake."

Once the car was on the hoist the snake poked its head out.

"It saw no-one was there and so it started coming out," Mr Patching said. "He [WIRES volunteer] kept tapping the snake to make it come out."

"It was bloody long. This is the first snake we've had, we've had rats under bonnets and we once had a goat in the car park, but no snakes. We were all just shocked.

WIRES volunteer Hugh removing the diamond python from a car in Kiama. Picture by Ben Patching
WIRES volunteer Hugh removing the diamond python from a car in Kiama. Picture by Ben Patching

"We're just glad to help the community out."

Ms McPaul took to social media to praise WIRES volunteer Hugh and Tyrepower Kiama for "safely removing the gentle giant python".

"Very pleased the snake was uninjured and able to be safely and happily returned to its natural habitat. What a crazy experience," she wrote.

"Very grateful not to have taken this slithery friend home."

Red-bellied black snakes are Australia's 10th most dangerous snake, while diamond pythons are very docile and constrict their prey in order to kill it and then consume it whole.

Nadine Morton

Nadine Morton

Senior journalist

Breaking news journalist at the Illawarra Mercury. Email: nadine.morton@austcommunitymedia.com.au

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