A ROUTINE traffic stop has turned into most people's worst nightmare after police officers found nine highly venomous snakes in the back of a car in Western Australia.
Eucla police officers pulled over the driver on the Eyre Highway last week and proceeded with the normal line of questioning: "do you have anything illegal in the car?"
The response was anything but normal.
"The driver declared he had some snakes in the vehicle," Constable Lucy Cleghorn told WAToday.
"He went into some detail and explained they were dangerous snakes, tiger snakes, and nine of them.
"At that point we weren't going to be trying to pull them out of the vehicle on the side of the road."
Instead, the officers, one of them unlucky enough to be behind the wheel, brought the snake-filled vehicle back to the station.
A middle-aged man from Victoria, who couldn't produce any licence to show he could legally transport the snakes, was released by police.
The snakes, wrapped in pillow cases, were eventually handed over to the Department of Parks and Wildlife.