WHAT started out as an ordinary Sunday for Gympie region contractor Karl Jarling quickly turned into an adventure of the slithering kind.
Mr Jarling, the owner and primary operator of Cooloola Contracting, had been flat out with his slashing, weed management and property maintenance business thanks to the recent spate of wet weather, and was working on Sunday to clear a back-log of jobs.
Early in the morning he climbed into the enclosed cab of his John Deere tractor and started off on a 500 metre journey to a job at Coles Creek, just south of Gympie.
"It was just one block over, about half a kilometre down the road. Next thing I know this metre and a half snake has come out to say 'gidday'," Mr Jarling said.
Mr Jarling thinks the snake possibly crawled up on to the outside of the tractor during the night and was prompted to move after feeling the vibrations of the noisy machine. He also said it took a fair amount of persuading to get the reptile to move along.
"I pulled over and turned the wipers on full bore and used the washer fluid on him a couple of times. But he took about five minutes to get the message," he said.
Mr Jarling said his wife and two daughters thought his adventure was pretty funny when he relayed the story to them later that night, but he admits he's not the biggest fan of snakes.
"I've had a few close calls with brown snakes before. It certainly took me by surprise," he said.
"I'm glad I wasn't on the open-cab tractor."
Wayne Sachs, Officer-in-Charge at Gympie Ambulance station took a look at the photos and said while he doesn't consider himself an authority on snakes, experience leads him to believe the snake pictured is a non-venomous green tree snake.
"I'm 99% sure," Mr Sachs said.