By Fergal MacErlean • 21 April 2022 • 14:25
The stowaway snake
Credit: James Bristow, TikTok
James Bristow was driving along the M5 towards Staffordshire when he noticed the stowaway, The Metro reported on Wednesday, April 20.
Charlie posted the video on TikTok on Sunday, writing: ‘Just cruising down the M5 when this happened.
‘We tried to pull over but there wasn’t a hard shoulder.’
The video has been viewed more than 25,000 times and attracted dozens of comments.
One said: ‘Poor little grass snake, I hope he’s good.’
Another wrote: ‘I’m going to pretend there’s a part two and the little guy is okay.’
A third added: ‘You should have opened the window and let him in. He’s just a harmless grass snake.’
But another said: ‘I would have crashed.’
Charlie told The Metro: ‘My dad, the driver, spotted it first and shouted “Oh my god there is a f***ing snake there”.
‘Me and my cousin Max were like “what?”
‘My dad steered into the slow lane and slowed down causing the car behind to beep at us. I then got my camera out and started filming.
‘We were probably going 70mph when it popped its head out.
‘We were in the middle lane but quickly moved into the slow lane.
‘We really wanted to pull over and save it, but unfortunately it was a smart motorway so we couldn’t pull over.
‘We were parked in a field and it must have crawled up into the engine bay as it liked the warmth.’
Grass snakes are mainly found in the south and south-east of England.
The harmless snakes are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
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Originally from Dublin, Fergal is based on the eastern Costa del Sol and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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