Python found inside Santa Fe car engine

Created: 07/10/2014 6:02 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's something you'd normally see at the zoo or in the jungle, but today, two Santa Fe residents saw it in a place nobody would expect.

"This morning we received a call for service in reference to a vehicle that had been stalled on Zia Road when a Good Samaritan helped the lady that was stranded. He opened the hood and found this beautiful snake in the engine department," said Lieutenant Louis Carlos with the Santa Fe Police Department. He was the first on the scene and pulled the python out, which measures 6 1/2 feet long and weighs 20 pounds.

He says it’s part of the job.

"One of the benefits of this job is the fact that we can carry many hats, which is anything from a marriage counselor to obviously today as an animal control officer," Lt. Carlos said.

These types of snakes are fairly docile and easy to handle. There's something else about the python that the Santa Fe Animal Shelter noticed too.

"It's got a little bit of a wound on the tail that I would assume came from traveling a couple of blocks in a car engine. The scales are nice and flush. The eyes look really good. The snake tolerates handling really well and is just in really good shape," said Dylan Moore with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.

This means that more than likely the python has an owner. If you happen to be the owner of the python or perhaps know the owner, you'll want to contact the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. The number is (505) 983-4309 ext. 606

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