Farmer Ben Mostert of Zimbabwe knows snakes. Living in the African country, he has had to deal with large constricting snakes on several occasions, but there was one African rock python who didn’t get the memo that he wasn’t wanted.
When Mostert’s family first moved into the home in the district of Karoi, the previous owners warned him of the large snake that ate several lambs. Then Mostert’s cat disappeared. When the snake apparently tried to raid the Mostert’s hen house, enough was enough, according to CNN.
Mostert put the snake in a grain bag and he and his family drove four miles away to release the reptile near a river, figuring that the animal would enjoy it better there. But the snake would have none of that. It apparently wanted to stay with the Mostert’s, so when it was released, it immediately crawled under the car and disappeared under the hood.
Nearly at wit’s end, Mostert drove slowly around in hopes that the jostling on the dirt road would cause the snake to drop from the vehicle. Didn’t happen. So, Mostert popped the hood of the car and found the snake coiled on top of the engine. He grabbed the snake from behind its head, and with the help of another man, carefully unraveled the snake and let it go in the bush.
Hopefully this will be the last encounter Mostert has with this particularly massive rock python.