Everyone knows it's not safe to pick up hitchhikers, but Sally Grunden didn't have much of a choice.
She was driving from Adelaide to the Mundoo Island sheep station in South Australia (yes, of course this story happened in Australia), when this surprise travel buddy popped his scaly nose out of her hood.
The little guy seemed very relaxed, considering he was sitting in the hood of a car traveling at least 100 kilometers an hour, but Grunden definitely wasn't. Here's what she shared about the incident on Facebook:
If you know your kinds of snakes, you understand why Grunden was so shaken. The red-bellied black snake in her hood is common, but venomous. A bite might not have killed her, but she definitely didn't want to risk it.
Luckily this story had a happy ending...oh, wait, it didn't. Grunden left her car in a field overnight, hoping her slippery friend would escape, but she had no luck.
This lead to the most Australian comments section of all time, where people actually encouraged her to just grab the snake. Incredibly, she already had!
How do people in Australia get anything done with all of the snakes hiding in their property?! Nat Irvine's thoughts were closer to mine in this case.
As if things couldn't get any worse, this isn't the first snake to hitch a ride. Shared readers may remember a man in Florida had a nearly identical experience when a snake curled up under his hood.
Where do these snakes think they're going? I think to be safe we should all stop driving. Forever.