A three-foot long snake was wrestled out of a car by fire fighters in Eastleigh, after it escaped from its box and hid in the dashboard.

The large albino corn snake slithered into the dashboard of a white fiesta while it was being transported by a woman from her friend's house.

After failed attempts to lure out the constrictor using a dead mouse as bait, the woman drove to Eastleigh Fire Station at around 12pm today as a last resort.

Crews from Eastleigh tried to locate the snake themselves before asking Animal Rescue Tactical Advisor, Kevin Baker for advice.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: "Eastleigh firefighters dash-ed to the rescue after a woman’s pet snake had escaped and was hiding in the dashboard of her car.

"Using a snake-eye camera, firefighters Jason Ralph and Daryll Pynigar were unable to locate the whereabouts of the troublesome reptile and charm it out. But under the advice of Animal Rescue Tactical Advisor Kevin Baker, crews turned the heating on in the car and within half an hour, the snake poked its head from the dashboard in search of colder air.

"After the removal of a few panels, the snake was successfully recovered."

In a video released by Hampshire Fire, it shows that two firemen grabbed the snake before safely placing it into a bag, leaving it in the care of its new owner.