Mini the BOA constructor

A Boa constrictor is tonight in the custody of the RSPCA after being found by a mechanic under the bonnet of a mini.

The five-foot long sly beast had curled up inside the car's engine bay for a spot of shut-eye. Wayne Hunt, the Bosch engineer carrying out an MOT on the car, said he discovered the creature when he searched under the bonnet to release the safety catch.

'We immediately called the RSPCA to collect the snake, since it didn't belong to the customer and we had no idea who owned it. We also wanted to make sure we didn't harm the reptile in removing it, as we're more used to working on brakes than snakes!' said Wayne.

'The snake was dealt with properly and luckily it had done no damage to the car. The RSPCA told us that it looked thinner than it normally would, which could meant it had been living under the bonnet for a while. In all the years I have worked as a vehicle technician, I've never seen anything like it.'

Now we've all seen the film 'Snakes on a Plane' - perhaps the sequel to it could be called 'Snakes under a Bonnet', with Samuel L. Jackson playing the hapless mechanic! Seriously though, if you do know of a snake that has escaped its owner or if you have lost your own snake then please get in touch with the RSPCA to claim it, as the slithery bonnet-nestling reptile is still in custody right now.

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