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Woman finds 7 ft. snake in engine after car breaks down

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A woman was terrified when she found out what caused her car to break down. Jackson Ault pulled over to help the woman. When he opened the hood of her car, a 20 pound python stared him down.

He said the seven-foot snake looked right at him and flicked its tongue.

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They called police and the Lt. Louis Carlos had a much different reaction. 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 Lt. Carlos.

Related: Poisonous Cottonmouth snake found in toilet

The python is young and at seven-feet long, probably only halfway grown. Reptile experts said it likely sought out shelter in the truck to get warm and said the python isn't dangerous, but there's always the risk of an attack if the snake feels threatened.

Police believe the snake is someone's pet.

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