Hair-raising moment a gigantic python is removed from the bonnet of a mum’s car after it suddenly popped up during a night drive
- A mother driving her daughter and niece were shocked when a snake appeared
- The two metre scrub python rose out of the bonnet as they drove along at night
- They were driving near the Henry Ross lookout on the Kennedy Highway in QLD
- The mother wasn’t able to pull over on the narrow highway after it appeared
A huge python has given a family a massive shock after it appeared from the bonnet of their car in the middle of the night.
Nerida Bedwell was driving her ten-year-old daughter and 15-year-old niece on the Kennedy Highway north of Cairns when the snake popped out.
Ms Bedwell said they began to panic after seeing the reptile but couldn’t stop on the narrow winding road.
The scrub python was estimated to be two metres long once it was removed from the bonnet
‘We were all very freaked out,’ she told the Cairns Post.
‘My older niece in the (front seat) jumped in the back of the car.’
The snake was identified as a scrub or amethystine python and was estimated to be about two metres long once it was removed from the bonnet.
Ms Bedwel, who is terrified of snakes, said the python kept disappearing from the front of the car.
‘Snakes are my biggest fear, I hate them,’ she confessed.
‘I don’t know what was better, if it disappeared (or not) because I didn’t know where it was, it was a giant thing.’
Her efforts to dislodge the snake by sharply breaking failed so they drove to a friend’s house so they could help remove the unwanted hitchhiker.
Her friend safely removed the python and placed it into a pillow case before releasing it.
Ms Bedwell admitted they began to panic after the snake appeared in front of them
WHAT IS A SCRUB PYTHON
The Scrub Python is also known as the Amethystine Python and is found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia
It is the largest native Australia snake and is usually considered large at five metres but has been known to be measured at more than 8.5 metres
The Scrub Python is a non-venomous snake that kills its prey by constriction
Their diet usually consists of birds, bats, rats, possums and other small mammals