Sunshine Coast snake catcher Richie Gilbert pulls a venomous Red-Bellied Black snake from a car's engine.
Sunshine Coast snake catcher Richie Gilbert pulls a venomous Red-Bellied Black snake from a car's engine.

VIDEO: Red-bellied black snake pulled from car engine bay

EVEN a venomous red-bellied black snake needs a lift some days.

Sunshine Coast snake catcher Richie Gilbert may not know everything about cars, but when the deadly snake appeared from under the bonnet as he hit the Bruce Highway, he went to work.

The driver Tamara Duff spotted the snake as she hopped in her car to drive to work. Thinking it was a harmless tree snake that would eventually slither away on its own, she hit the road.

When it snuck out to get a better view of the road on the highway, Tamara headed to a Forest Glen service station and called for help.

Check out the video below of Richie prying the deadly snake from the tiny car.

The action starts at the two-minute mark.

CARAAAAZY STORY! So you see a black snake with a red belly go up under your car while your filling up with petrol. What do you do? Jump in and drive to work of course. Haha. Today I got a call from Tamara after she had done exactly this. She would have been late for work and thought it may have just been a harmless tree snake that would find its own way out. Problem is while she was driving on the Bruce highway it decided to come out from under her bonnet and it was a venomous Red-Bellied Black Snake. She pulled over at the Nambour & Maroochydore exit and called me. The rest you can watch here on the video. A friend of mine works for 7 local news and saw a photo I posted about this on my personal page. They came out to film the release and now the story has been running on 7 local news as well as around Australia and tomorrow morning Tamara & I will be on the Sunrise TV show at around 7am. Crazy story and Tamara was such a legend, so cool under pressure and She did an awesome job filming on my iPhone. Enjoy!-Richie-

Posted by Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher 24/7 - Richie Gilbert on Monday, 21 September 2015


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