WATCH | Truckers pull massive python from engine compartment

2019-10-03 19:06

A massive python caused quite the stir in Tzaneen, Limpopo, when it slithered into the engine compartment of a truck, presumably to escape the cold.

Video footage of the snake being removed has gone viral on social media.

Clive Garrett, a marketing manager at fruit and vegetable giant ZZ2, told News24 the incident happened in September. According to its website, ZZ2 cultivates mainly tomatoes and avocados in Tzaneen.

"It slithered into the engine compartment presumably for the warmth while the truck was loading tomatoes," Garrett said. He recalled it being cold on the day in question. 

"On the way to the packhouse, the driver noticed that something was wrong. On investigation, they found the snake."

He said the engine had to be stripped, which took a few hours, but eventually the snake was extracted.

"It was completely uninjured, but obviously a little traumatised by the incident."

Garrett confirmed the python was released back into the wild.

According to his estimation, the snake was about 6m long.

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