Anguem ex machina

Snakes are a regular hazard around the farm. So far, we’ve only seen blacks and browns around the place (we’d love to see a carpet snake or python, to keep the mice down without endangering the dogs, but there it is…).

We just found one in the water tank for the engine that drives the stock water pump. Little bugger thought it found the way out through the water return pipe at the top of the cooling tank.

Sadly, it found its way down into the cooling galleries around the engine and couldn’t get back out. Result: one drowned red-bellied black snake in the engine, requiring a rapid disassembly before it decayed.

The way out? Or not, in this case         Cooling tank connection to engine

Cylinder head partly removed     Head removed

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