Snake Pulled from Harley-Davidson: 'Looks Like This Guy Wanted a Ride'


A snake found curled up inside a Harley-Davidson appeared to be hoping for a "ride," according to the snake catchers who removed it.

Sean Cade, founder of Australian Snake Catchers, was called to a property in Galston, New South Wales, where he discovered a common tree snake under the motorcycle's seat. Footage shows Cade extracting the small serpent from the bike.

In a Facebook post, Cade explained that the homeowners didn't think it was wise to let the snake take a ride, so they called him to remove the "hitchhiker."

After filming, the snake, agitated by the removal, bit Cade on the finger. He told Newsweek: "The snake was not angry per se, just frightened ... this particular fellow was obviously upset about being ejected from a potential ride on a Harley."

Common tree snakes are harmless colubrids, generally disinclined to bite humans.

Currently, it's peak snake season in Australia, keeping snake catchers busy as snakes come out of hiding in the warmer weather to regulate their body temperature.

The video shows the motorcycle owner helping Cade by removing the Harley's seat. Once the saddle was off, the snake was revealed, curled up underneath. Cade carefully lifted the snake out, but its head got briefly caught. He eased its head out and freed it completely. The snake seemed to lunge but did not bite.

Cade later mentioned that the snake bit him while he was taking a picture, calling it a "rookie error."

Common tree snakes, non-venomous and usually about three feet long but can grow up to six feet, have been a frequent sight for Cade's business, which handles 10 to 12 snake rescues daily. They have been removing snakes from various locations, including homes, pools, cars, businesses, childcare centers, and theme parks.

Cade noted that the tree snake in the Harley had fallen into the garage from the roof.