Lifestyle

Python hitches a ride with Dutch tourists

SNAKES ALIVE: Dutch tourists Hermien Kamphius and her husband Jan with Joey Drumm who pulled a python out of their engine.
SNAKES ALIVE: Dutch tourists Hermien Kamphius and her husband Jan with Joey Drumm who pulled a python out of their engine. Kirsten Cunningham

WHEN Dutch tourists Jan and Hermien Kamphius pulled up at the Caltex service station in Auckland St yesterday, an unexpected hitchhiker crawled out.

As they filled the tank of their campervan, a 1.2m python appeared from under the bonnet.

"Someone yelled out 'snake' and we saw him on the ground," Mrs Kamphius said.

"We wanted to see a snake in Australia, but we didn't expect to take one with us!"

The couple is travelling around Australia for 10 weeks and spent four days in Yeppoon last week.

"We stayed in a very nice campsite with lots of goannas and birds," Mrs Kamphius said.

"We then drove into Rockhampton and stayed a night there afterwards, but I think the snake has been living with us since Yeppoon."

Staff at the service station called in snake catcher Joey Drumm, who was there within 10 minutes.

He used a hook tool to prompt the python to come out of the engine bay and, grasping the snake's head with his hands, pulled it out.

"I've seen lots of pythons in cars, but never heard of one hitching a ride," he said.

"I reckon he crawled in there because it was warm and then he unexpectedly ended up going on a road trip."

Mr Kamphius couldn't believe the snake had been under the car for a few days.

"All I know is there are poisonous snakes and non-poisonous snakes in Australia," he said.

"And I'm very happy this was one of the gentler ones."

Topics:  editors picks, gladstone, python, snakes, tourists




'Embarrassing': Worry as Gladstone voters 'incorrectly' fined

Voters at Newtown State School. Council Election 2016, March 19,

'TENS of thousands' have been incorrectly fined state-wide: ECQ.

Owner told he has no insurance as Gladstone home burns

The owner of this New Auckland home had been renovating it for three years this October and yesterday it went up in flames.

Three years of renos go up in smoke

'Loving our region': Tourism boom as overseas tourists turned back

CARAVAN parks turn back up to 40 tourists each weekend.

Latest deals and offers

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles