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Tallahassee Family Gets Unexpected Visitor; Firefighters Help to Evict

Snake Tallahassee Fire Department
Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-20 14:48:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - How would you react if a snake got loose in your car? One Tallahassee family, who apparently remained very calm throughout the experience, tried several times to remove a snake from their car. The incredible thing about the story is how the snake got in the car in the first place.

Sunday night, the family attempted to relocate the snake from their yard. While on the way to release it in a more rural area, the snake made its escape.

Lt. Tim Aselton with the Tallahassee Fire Department says when the family realized the snake was loose, they tried to locate it and called the Sheriff's Department for help.

After a few attempts to remove the snake with the help of deputies, the family decided to take the car home and see if they had any luck there. Aselton says they tried leaving the doors open in hopes the snake would crawl out, but that idea was squashed with the rain.

On Monday morning, the family brought the car, and its stealthy friend, to Fire Station 15.

Three firefighters including Aselton, TJ Spencer, and Chase Miley, continued the effort to remove the snake. While removing the seats from the car, Aselton says he saw the snake looking at him from inside the dash.

Aselton says they were finally able to get the oak snake, which measured between 3.5 and 4 feet in length, out of the car and back into the wild.

Of Florida's 44 native snake species, only 6 are venomous, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.