African python slithers out of ambulance

A 4-metre African rock python is now under quarantine after spending 15 hours on an engine.

The snake which was stuck in the engine of one of Maponya 911’s ambulances in Limpopo has been extricated. Picture: Maponya 911

CAPE TOWN - The 4-metre non-venomous African rock python which was stuck under an ambulance on Thursday has been freed.

The reptile was under an ambulance for 15 hours.

Maponya 911 Emergency Services' Jaco Gericke said the reptile is currently under quarantine in Phalaborwa.

"It crawled out by itself at 10pm last night. It's under quarantine so no human contact will be allowed for at least two weeks."

Fortunately, the reptile did not suffer any serious injuries.

"It sustained minor scratches, nothing serious. It was also treated for heat from the engine."

And from finally the 4m python that parked in our engine is out... @_ArriveAlive @ProudlySA @ewnupdates pic.twitter.com/UrnKIh19xC

Gericke said the reptile is likely to be moved to the Kruger National Park once it has been given the all clear.

The ambulance has since returned to work and Gericke was the first person to drive it this morning after it housed the snake.