A carpet snake has been among the many weird things found in Brisbane's network of parking meters.
Some motorists will go to extreme lengths to get out of buying a parking ticket.
Chewing gum, gap filler, wooden paddle pop sticks, even vomit, have been found in faulty parking meters by Brisbane City Council officers across the city.
But it is Mother Nature who appears to be keeping officers on their toes.
Last month council officers opened a faulty meter in Bowen Hills, only to be alarmed by the discovery of a carpet python inside.
Snake catchers were called to remove the slippery reptile, which was not the only member of the animal kingdom to have found a home in the city’s network of meters.
A fish inexplicably made its way into a submerged meter during the 2011 floods and most of the more than 1000 streetside units across the city are home to a cluster of spiders and geckos.
But it is tampering that causes the most work for council officers, infrastructure chairman Adrian Schrinner said.
“It is an ongoing thing across the city,” he said.
“We have just over a thousand parking meters and a team essentially working on any faults reported through the call centre out and about full time.”
Foreign coins are the item most extracted from machines, though they are often not thought to be deliberately jammed.
“Sometimes it may be a technical fault but more often it’s related to some kind of physical intervention,” Cr Schrinner said.
Though it's not always ticket evaders to blame.
A Commonwealth Bank server outage prevented all card transactions one day recently, while a Vodafone network outage prevented parking meters from connecting to the secure data network, which also prevented credit card transactions for a day and a half.