Pet snake missing for two weeks found inside car bonnet when owner went for MOT

A mechanic discovered a predatory python under a car's bonnet after it escaped from its open tank TWO weeks earlier during the heat wave.

The snake – measuring a metre long – was found curled up on the engine of a Vauxhall Vivaro when it was in for its MOT at CSN Autos in Wymondham in Norfolk on Monday.

The car's own Jim Catton, 32, had taken the vehicle to the garage unaware his nine-year-old stepson Ellis' pet python had slithered into the bonnet to keep warm.

But the snake – named Gav- had actually escaped a fortnight earlier when its tank was accidentally left open overnight.

Ellis' mum Sophie Turner, 30, said she thought the garage owner was "winding us up" when he first rang her partner Jim to let him know about the car's hidden passenger.

She recalled: "That was when we had the heatwave.

"He had his bedroom window wide open, his bedroom door was shut. The snake obviously slithered out."

She said that Ellis was "over the moon" to have Gav back, and that they were lucky that the snake was still in the car as they had been driving around in the vehicle for the last two weeks.

She added: "Since then we've been out in the car – dinosaur park, Great Yarmouth, shopping, fishing, everywhere – the whole time he was obviously in the bonnet."

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But fortunately the pet snake didn't make a further bid for freedom and was discovered by one of the mechanics at CSN Autos, who wasn't phased by the creature.

He phone Ellis' step-dad who cycled to fetch Gav the snake from the garage with a pillowcase.

Chris Newell, owner of CSN Autos, said he "didn't really react at all, which made it quite funny, to be fair".

"(The snake) was just sat on the engine, just chilling on there," he said.
Mr Newell said he knew Jim and so called him and asked him to check the snake tank, before reuniting the family with their pet.

Sunfire Royal Ball Pythons – although not venomous – instead use constriction to kill their wild prey usually bask in 30-32 degree heat which perhaps explains why the hot engine spot appealed to Ellis' pet Gav.

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