A Florida woman is mystified over how her pet boa constrictor escaped its travel bag and slithered inside the paneling of her Mini Cooper. Technicians had to remove the brake light to extract the serpent. A boa constrictor can grow up to 13 feet long, while Mini Coopers only measure about 10 feet long. That's a lot of snake for this little car.
In this case, the snake was brought into the car intentionally, but many creatures have been known to break in and tear up the wiring or interior of cars. Here are a few of the most common car attack critters and what you can do to keep them out:
Bears – Anyone who has visited or, like this victim of multiple bear break ins, lives near a national park knows that years of careless visitors leaving food inside vehicles taught wild bears where to get an easy meal. They won't be gentle on your seats or paint job. The best way to avoid bears is to never leave food inside of your car in a heavily wooded area.
Squirrels/Rodents - Our furry little friends like to get into the most vulnerable places in your car and cause a mess. They climb under the hood or through air intake ducts and set up nests made of wiring and insulation. To prevent rodent infestations, put screens over openings and keep rat traps handy if you store your car in a garage. If you're car camping, set up a barrier such as orange plastic snow fencing to keep larger menaces, like porcupines, away from the undercarriage.
Kittens - Easily the cutest entry on this list, kittens from late litters have been known to climb into engine blocks or wheel wells to stay warm in cold weather. They won't do much damage, but you certainly don't want to damage them. When the seasons change it's always a good idea to take a look around the spots a chilly kitten would be attracted to before starting up a car.
Bugs - Another class of critter that is attracted to food and can find its way through air vents. Sometimes cars can become infested and host whole colonies of ants, spiders and more. Your best bet is poison bait spread near your car to keep your parking spot clear of bugs.
Snakes - Snakes can unintentionally slither their way into your car as well and, like this woman in California, you may not realize it until you're on the road. Snakes are drawn to cars, which provide protection from predators while allowing them to stay in contact with hot asphalt. From there it's a quick climb into your car. Park away from tall grass or wooded areas where snakes may be hanging out.