A monster snake has surprised the owner of a blue Ford Mustang in Florida, after they found the reptile hiding in their engine.
The car’s owner wanted to see why their engine light kept coming on. But when they popped open the hood, they never expected to come face-to-face with a three metre long Burmese python.
Wildlife officers were promptly called to the property in Dania Beach, Florida, USA, and amazing footage shows two men wrestling with the stubborn snake.
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The video, shot by Maor Blumenfeld, captured a wildlife officer and a bystander grappling with the snake and struggling because of its sheer enormity.
The wildlife officer grabbed the snake behind the head and then dragged it out of the car onto the ground.
He and another man then both used all their strength to put the reptilian monster into a bag.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife organisation reported the snake as being 10ft long — which is a little more than three metres in length.
“Under hood surprise!” the organisation posted on social media.
“We received a call about a large python under the hood of a blue Mustang! Our officers quickly responded and safely captured and removed the approximately 10-foot invasive snake.
“Thanks to the citizen who reported the python to us. We rely on reports from the public to help us quickly respond and remove these species.
“If you see a Burmese python or other invasive species, report it.”
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson told CNN that the snake was safely removed and is now in captivity.
It will now be used to educate others.
It’s still unclear why the snake squeezed into the hood of the car. Ms Segelson doubted that it was there seeking a warm spot.
“Since it is still hot in South Florida, the snake was likely not in the car seeking heat,” she said.
Burmese pythons are an introduced species in Florida. They are a nuisance to natural wildlife by preying on birds, mammals and even alligators in the area, according to the wildlife commission agency.
The snakes are not protected and are often killed if they’re found on private property.