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Terrified Swede in rental car snake escape

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11:25 CET+01:00
A Swedish driver abandoned his German hire car in terror on Monday as a snake slid out from behind the dashboard and onto the steering wheel, police in Hamburg said on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Swedish man ran to safety late on Monday at traffic lights in Hamburg, and the snake, who had lurked undetected all the way from Sweden, then darted out of the open door into nearby trees.

The reptile was then recovered by staff from a local animal rescue centre, and turned out to be a non-venomous corn snake. Police said it was unclear how it had come to be in the vehicle.

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