Monday, 10 September 2012

Snakes alive! Deadly python hitches a ride in British couple's car bonnet

Marlene Swart, Leon Swanepoel, Kruger National Park, snake, car bonnet

Photo: Caters
Marlene Swart and Leon Swanepoel were touring Kruger National Park while on holiday in South Africa when their vehicle was targeted by the deadly snake.

The pair were on the look-out for lions before the squatting snake slithered towards them and disappeared underneath their car.

'It was certainly a once in a lifetime experience that we will never forget,' explained Ms Swart.

'When we spotted a couple of safari vehicles on the road we thought it was the lions we were looking for but we were informed there was a python in the grass.

'While we were searching the snake suddenly sailed out of the grass directly in our direction.
She added: 'I waved to the vehicle behind us asking him to reverse but he didn't realise what was going on.

'The python disappeared underneath our car and about two minutes later everyone started laughing when it failed to reappear.

'I was totally in shock and terrified.'

The duo were forced to drive three miles to the nearest checkpoint where the relaxed serpent was eventually coaxed away from its warm retreat.

'When we eventually opened the bonnet the snake was just relaxing on the bonnet watching all of the commotion around him,' the 38-year-old added.

'It eventually slithered away unharmed and luckily there was no damage to the car.
'Later that evening we had a good chuckle about the reactions of the bystanders when it exited the vehicle.

'People were scattering in all directions, I'm only disappointed that I was numb with fear and shock and didn't take more pictures.'

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