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Two metre snake sends woman motorist fleeing

An Austrian motorist got a shock after noticing something hanging down from under her car – and realising it was a huge two metre snake that had ended up curled around the engine.

Car owner Monika Ortner, 28, said: "I had the car parked in the garage and when I drove out and climbed out to shut the garage door, I noticed something hanging down under the car. I couldn't believe it when I realised it was slowly wriggling into the car."

She called the local breakdown recovery service in Austria, ARBOe, saying that there was no way she could drive the car and was too scared even to go anywhere near it. It meant that when mechanics arrived, the engine was still running on the vehicle that was parked in the driveway at the home in Radenthein, a town in the Austrian state of Carinthia.

Mechanic Christian Pirker, 35, said that after identifying the animal as a non-venomous Aesculapian snake, that nevertheless is one of the largest European snakes, they had started to dismantle the car.

He said: "The problem was that every time we almost managed to catch it, it went into a different part of the engine. It was surprisingly good at evading capture despite its size."

It took three hours to take the car apart and then put back together again.

After finally being caught with the help of a neighbour, who had less fear of snakes, the animal was placed into a plastic bin and taken to a forest where it was released.

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