A live snake was found hidden in the bonnet of a car that was imported from Japan to New Zealand. An Auckland used-car salesman got an unpleasant surprise on Saturday when he discovered the sneaky passenger in one of his new imports. It was found in the bonnet of a Nissan Leaf which was shipped from Nagoya, Japan, on March 21, and arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 7. The adventurous reptile has been identified as a 40-cm-long Japanese rat snake, the New Zealand Herald reported.
'It's a non-venomous snake found throughout most of the warmer regions of Japan and often kept as pets over there as well,' said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Primary Industries (MIP).