Python plays hard to get

By Martin Neville

Friday, November 23, 2012


Python plays hard to get

Tracey Fly with her snake, Jake, after being removed from the car.

A CAR mechanic on the Isle of Wight faced his own bushtucker trial when he was called to deal with a particularly slippery 'customer’.

Unlike many of the contestants on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, Scott Wheale, from SW Vehicle Body Repair, Sandown, kept his cool after coming face to face with a two-foot royal python, which had escaped inside a car.

The snake, named Jake, had slithered from his box and made himself at home behind the dashboard.

Despite desperate attempts by owner Tracey Fly to coax him out using a heater, Jake refused to budge.

Scott was able to remove the dashboard and gently unravelled the snake who, though slightly cold, was not any the worse for his ordeal.

Scott said: "It was like something from one of those American weirdest videos shows. It was the most bizarre call-out I’ve ever had.

"When we took the dash out and got to the bit behind the speedo, you could clearly see him wrapped around the heating pipe."

Tracey, 21, had taken Jake out to show her grandparents and was back at home in Ventnor when she discovered he had escaped in transit.

She said: "I dashed out to the car just to see his tail disappearing behind the car’s foot pedals.

"I couldn’t call anybody out because it was late at night. I was just panicking. All weekend I was trying to get him out using heat mats and heaters.

"Luckily, Scott was able to get him out safely."



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by Lee Butt

24th November 2012, at 00:51:01

Perhaps if Mrs Fly married a Rat, it would have got the snake out quicker

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by Richard Valvona

24th November 2012, at 00:11:44

Haha, it's certainly not a chat up line. Line's are too try hard - Good to be natural. I do agree though that the title is a little over the top. It doesn't sound right for an adult population as "playing hard to get" is typically a term used amongst the young people. Snake escape sounds alright. Maybe the author should've used a ladder to lure the snake out as the steps and sides are easy to wrap round and then used the words "snakes and ladders" in the title with an extra word or two to keep the audience entrigued.

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by Richard Valvona

23rd November 2012, at 17:27:59

"Python plays hard to get" - Love the title! Better than "impossible" to get like a lot of you girls are these days. All I need is to become a snake and I'm sorted!

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