A Sydney car lover spotted a sneaky stowaway peeking out of their bonnet over the weekend, sparking a frantic call for help.
A juvenile red-bellied black snake was seen popping its head out of a Nissan 180SX in Mulgrave, in Sydney's north-west, before disappearing.
Australian Snake Catchers received the call, but when owner Sean Cade attended the home he had trouble locating the young hitchhiker.
Mr Cade said he eventually found the snake lurking in the car's ribbing supports.
"It gave us a bit of run around," he told 9news.com.au.
"It took a while to extract, but we succeeded with no harm to the snake."
The reptile was released into nearby bushland.
Australia is currently in the midst of snake season, which normally runs from around mid-September to March.
Red-bellied black snakes are one of the most commonly encountered snakes on Australia's east coast.
Its bite is venomous but there are no recorded deaths attributed to the species.
Symptoms of envenomation include: bleeding and/or swelling at the bite site, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, sweating, local or general muscle pain and weakness and red-brown urine, the Australia Museum said.