Dangerous snakes brought traffic to a standstill in Germany after the van carrying them overturned.

Poisonous vipers, giant boa constricters and iguanas were among the exotic reptiles to escape onto the busy motorway.

The reptiles were being transported on the A45 autobahn, near Dillenburg, in central Germany, when the accident happened.

The road had to be closed while emergency services rounded up the exotic escapees, all of which appeared to have emerged from the wreckage unscathed.