7-foot python found in stranded truck’s engine

SANTA FE, N.M. (CNN/KOAT) — A woman was terrified when she found out what caused her car to break down.

It’s something you’d usually find in the jungle, not the streets of Santa Fe, N.M.: a sneaky snake and what a 7-foot shock.

“It was absolutely crazy,” said Jackson Ault, who stopped to help someone stranded.

A woman was driving, when her car suddenly stopped.

“I hate seeing a woman stuck on the side of the road,” said Ault.

Ault was quite the gentleman, pulled over to help. When he opened the hood of her car, a 20-pound python stared him down.

“Looking right at me, flicked its little tongue, and I kind of freaked out a little bit,” said Ault.

They called police.

“This lady wanted nothing to do with her,” said Santa Fe Police Lt. Louis Carlos.

Carlos had a much different reaction.

“Cool, I want to hold it,” he said.

With no fear at all, the officer took the snake off the engine and babysat it until Animal Control got there.

“It was easy for me to just to go in there, pick her up, hold onto her, let her feel the warmth of my hands and my body,” said Carlos.

This python is likely young, and at 7 feet long, she’s probably only halfway grown.

So why was she slithering into a truck? Most likely to get warm.

“They can see heat, for lack of a better word,” said Dylan Moore, with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. “Ssaw the heat, curled up on it — to try and get warm.”

As for Ault, this snake really made him shake. And as for his days of helping people on the side of the road, he’s probably taking a break.

“And I’m hesitant to pop my own hood, even though that sounds ridiculous,” said Ault.

Police believe the snake is someone’s pet.

Reptile experts say the python isn’t dangerous, but there’s always the risk of an attack if the snake feels threatened

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