After the initial reaction, he decided to look closer: that’s when the snake slithered deeply into the vehicle, hiding from prying eyes. Schmid opened the hood and saw the snake coiled up inside, to a place where he couldn’t reach it. He called the police and an animal welfare agency, but not one of the people they sent over were able to get the snake to come out.
Schmid decided to let the snake be for the night, hoping it would leave on its own by morning, when he would have to take the car to drive himself to work. The next day, he looked around and it was still there, so he called a “snake expert” in. He too failed to get it out.
In the end, Schmid had to drive himself around for 3 full days with the snake inside the vehicle. At the end of the third day, he called his friends and started to take the car apart: they removed the wheels and a fender in an attempt to reach it.
“[The snake] finally made its way to the top of the engine bay near the windshield and a second expert that had come to assist was able to remove it unharmed and bring it home to care for it with his other snakes,” the publication writes.
“It was amazing. Everyone helped us find it – neighbors, friends, people who knew about snakes. It was a real team effort,” Schmid says.
To make this story less terrifying, the striped orange corn snake is not venomous and is actually friendly, which makes it ideal for a pet. It’s a good thing Schmid eventually removed it, though, because it was in danger. The second snake expert actually ended up taking it home with him, to keep with his other pet snakes.