Python Crawls Inside Car After Striking at it!

Pythons are the largest snake found in Africa and are not often seen in the Kruger National Park. But, how would you feel if you see an angry python slither into your car! These guests were lucky enough to witness a python do just this, and yes, they lived to tell the tale!

This exciting sighting was captured by Kerry Balaam, 40-year-old nature guide for Kruger Pride Safaris, and Raj Chinsamy, who was on a drive with Arun from Legend Safaris.

Currently, it is winter in South Africa, and it can get quite cold. Since snakes are cold-blooded, they have been known to slither into car’s engines, because they are attracted to the heat. This is exactly what was witnessed here.

This python was nervous about being found in the open and on the road, so as it tried to escape, it happened to feel the heat from the car, and decided to hide there instead of continuing into the bush.

Kerry tells the story: “We were on a game drive in the park and I stopped to talk to Arun from Legend Safaris who had stopped his vehicle in the road. A python was slithering in the road and moved underneath the vehicle and then into the engine!”


“Jan, who is also a guide, was on the drive with me and offered to help Arun remove the python from the engine. At first, it was only 2 vehicles and within a few minutes a couple of cars had parked nearby to watch the action unfold. The python was pulled out reluctantly and then released back into the bush.”

“After the sighting, we were all in high spirits as python are not often spotted in the park!”

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