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Santa Fe woman’s truck trouble was 9 feet long and slithery

A 9-foot long boa constrictor rests on top of a vehicle engine in Santa Fe. (Santa Fe Police Department)

A 9-foot long python rests on top of a vehicle engine in Santa Fe. (Santa Fe Police Department)

Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified the type of snake found. It was a Burmese python. It has been corrected below.

SANTA FE – When you are having car trouble, you can always call a cop, especially when the problem is not your spark plugs but a 9-foot-long, 20-pound Burmese python under your hood.

A woman, who wasn’t identified, called police just after 8 a.m. Thursday when her truck was having engine problems at Zia Road and Camino Carlos Rey.

Santa Fe police Lt. Louis Carlos and an animal control officer responded and found the serpent wrapped around the engine, said police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza. It’s unknown how it got there and whose it is.

An animal control officer wrestles a 9-foot long boa constrictor that stalled a Santa Fe woman's car this morning. (Santa Fe Police Department)

An animal control officer wrestles a 9-foot long pyton that stalled a Santa Fe woman’s car this morning. (Santa Fe Police Department)

The officers’ reaction?

“I’m sure, amazement. It’s not something you see every day,” Espinoza said. “He (Carlos) pulled it out with his hands,” she said, adding that he knew it was not venomous. The snake is now at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society.

“We had a lot of fun with the stray python today – everyone wanted to confront their phobias and handle the snake,” the shelter wrote on its Facebook page. “The snake is likely a young female and probably slithered her way into the car’s engine looking for warmth.”

The woman who found the snake under the hood of her pickup lives only a few blocks from where her truck stalled, so it must have entered the truck in that area, the shelter added.

The python suffered minor injuries but is doing fine, according to the shelter.

Anyone who thinks this might be his or her lost snake should call the shelter’s admissions desk at 983-4309, ext. 606.

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