"Suddenly I noticed a snake, as it crawled out of the ventilation grille - I wasn’t terrified but it did give me a bit of a shock,” Martin Hödl said.
Luckily Hödl was not driving on the motorway, but on the quieter Innviertler Strasse. He was able to pull over into a small street, put his hazard lights on, and called the fire brigade.
Firefighters identified the ‘snake’ as a harmless slow worm and after capturing it released it into a nearby meadow.
Slow worms look like snakes but are actually legless lizards. Their name is misleading as they can move very fast.
A fireman said it was an unusual case; “it’s very rare that a snake will get into the car’s ventilation”.