Brianne Tolj, 17 October 2015

A man stopping to fill up his petrol tank got the surprise of his life last week when a two to three-metre long carpet snake reared its head from behind the pump.

Adzy Heist was driving by the Sydney Airport when he stopped to refuel at a Shell petrol station and noticed something odd about the petrol station’s pump.

‘I thought no, that’s not possible,’ Mr Heist said as he took a closer look and discovered a large carpet snake with a head the size of his fist trying to blend in with the long black hose of the pump.

Mr Heist, a chemical and environment engineer, said he comes across a lot of snakes in his profession so he wasn’t ‘freaked out.’

‘You get wildlife in Australia – I’ve seen dingoes and stuff as well,’ he said.

What he was surprised about though, is that the management at the petrol station had only placed an orange traffic cone at the pump which the snake now calls home.

Mr Heist said the staff knew about the snake and he told them they should put a sign up as well warning people.

‘While I was inside getting coffee I saw other people pull up and do the same thing – they could have arranged it better,’ he said.

Since carpet snakes are not venomous, Mr Heist said it wasn’t the encounter wasn’t ‘skin off anyone’s back.’

The warmer weather has woken up snakes from their winter hibernation.

NSW Ambulance paramedics have urged people to be on the lookout for snakes as they come out of their hiding spots to bask in the sun.

From September 1, 2014, to August 31 of this year there were 813 calls regarding snakes or spiders.

Extracted in full from Daily Mail.

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