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  • Video: Ford Ranger - Giant African Python Approved

Video: Ford Ranger - Giant African Python Approved

Massive Snake Cuddles Up Under Hood of Pickup

Mar 7, 2016
Serpentine belts on modern vehicle engines are nothing new. Thankfully, they’re also inanimate and harmless. However, actual serpents are neither. Although not poisonous, pythons’ large, muscular bodies can strangle almost any animal, including, in rare cases, humans. In some parts of the U.S., snakes finding their way under the hoods of vehicles to take advantage of some of the radiant heat of the engine is not uncommon. However, in Africa, it’s evidently a pretty regular occurrence.
In a video posted on LiveLeak, a gaint African python decided to curl up under the hood of this Ford Ranger. The snake was not a first-time guest under the hood of the Ranger. According to CNN, truck owner Ben Mostert caught the snake around his chicken coop. He bagged the snake with the intention of releasing it in the wild, away from the homestead. The snake managed to work its way out of the bag and under the hood. Once Mostert figured out what was going on, he opened the hood of his truck and, with his bare hands, deftly grabbed the snake’s head and employed the help of a few friends to release the snake onto the roadside in the hopes that it will stay in the wild. Has this ever happened to you? What did you do?
Source: LiveLeak, via CNN