A couple were surprised while driving on a highway in Queensland, Australia, when they noticed a poisonous snake crawling on their feet.
A video posted to the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 Facebook page has been viewed nearly 150,000 times since it was shared on Tuesday. It showed Stuart McKenzie, the organization’s owner, removing a red-bellied snake from the vehicle.
“We were called to a minor emergency on the side of the Bruce Highway where a couple [was] drive around and have a 3.5ft long red belly slide on their feet,” read the video’s caption. “It was lucky they didn’t crash!”
This species of snake is not aggressive and will choose to retreat before attacking, according to information released by the Victorian state government.
However, the snake can strike if it feels threatened.
Although it is venomous, there have been no recorded human fatalities from a red-bellied snakebite.
Anyone who has been bitten by the snake is encouraged to seek medical attention.
The video, which was previously shared in April before being shared a second time, opened up when McKenzie explained the incident to viewers as he pulled over on the side of the road to meet the couple .
He peeked into the couple’s car before opening the door and crouched down to get a better look at where the snake might be.
McKenzie spotted the viper lying against the back door and set to work removing it.
Using a few different tools, he managed to capture the snake and carefully maneuver it out of the car and into a bag.
All the while, the sound of passing cars is heard in the background.
McKenzie took the snake to a quieter place where he released it.
“It was hard to catch and I didn’t want to have my back to the highway and I had [to] grab the snake and lift it over the front seats without getting bitten,” the caption said. “There were a few close calls, but hey, job done!”
Viewers were stunned by the discovery of the additional passenger.
“He’s a hitchhiker you don’t want in your car,” one Facebook user wrote.
“Time to use cruise control and feet up,” another commented.
“My mouth was open watching this,” one person said. “Well done.”
McKenzie said Newsweek in an email that it was a “crazy” call that the team doesn’t see often.
He said it only took a few minutes to get the snake out of the car, but it was difficult because he didn’t have much room to move.
The organization experiences a busy time of year between September and April, and McKenzie said she catches red-bellied snakes almost every day.
It’s not the first time a snake has been found in an unexpected place.
A family in Indonesia discovered a 12ft python in their kitchen, while a snake catcher removed a black mamba from the family’s bedroom in Maphephetheni, north of Durban.
McKenzie previously captured an oriental brown snake that was discovered in a child’s shoe.