A snake has been found in a car in Te Anau, near the Fiordland National Park.
A man had arrived at the Te Anau police station on Sunday afternoon to ask for help after spotting the Australian import in his ute.
It was still alive and police managed to secure it in the car.
The car had recently been imported from Australia about three months ago, police confirmed.
It’s believed to be a non-toxic Australia tree snake.
Snakes are common in Australia, there are no snakes in New Zealand and it’s illegal to deliberately import one or keep one captive. None of New Zealand’s zoos or research facilities contain snakes as a result.