FREE RIDE: Coastal python hitches a ride from the hinterland to Caboolture.
FREE RIDE: Coastal python hitches a ride from the hinterland to Caboolture. Blair Hoolihan

Huge python hitches a ride to work

THE last thing Blair Hoolihan expected to see when he arrived at work this morning was a huge snake hitching a ride on his ute.

Mr Hoolihan had driven from his home in the southern Sunshine Coast hinterland to Caboolture along Steve Irwin Way, all the while having no idea he had a scaly passenger.

"I had probably driven 30km when I got out of the car and I closed the door, and I just saw the snake up between the cabin and the tray,” he said.

"It gave me a hell of a shock when I closed the door and saw that snake.”

Soon after he parked, the coastal carpet python, estimated to be 7-8 feet long, found itself a sunny spot for a stretch after its unplanned commute.

Snake hitches a ride from Beerwah to Caboolture.
Snake hitches a ride from Beerwah to Caboolture. Blair Hoolihan

Mr Hoolihan hadn't driven the ute for a couple of days, and had no idea how long the snake had been curled up behind the cabin.

"We live near a national park so I'd say it's come from that sort of area,” he said.

"We get carpet snakes all the time but it's the first time - that I know of - that I've had one involved in the car.”

The python's presence caused a bit of a stir before a snake catcher bagged it and put it in his own car for the journey home.

The snake was released close to where it's believed it came from.


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