A pet corn snake called Allan had to be cut free from the chassis of a car he was travelling in with his owners, after escaping from his vivarium.
Ellie Bond and Lewis Newton were travelling on the M1 from their home in Beeston, Nottingham, to see family in Oldham before Christmas.
When they checked on Allan and realised he had escaped, their first thought was that he had fallen onto the motorway.
The couple frantically searched the car, pulling up carpets and taking the seats out, until Lewis pulled away casing near the gear stick to spot Allan.
Ellie called the RSPCA for help and Inspector Angela Paxton-Taylor attended the scene on December 14th.
She assessed the situation and decided to call for help from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue.
While Allan was held with a damp towel to ensure the temperature of the metal around him did not get too hot, the firefighters cut through a small piece of metal which was enough to free him.