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Caught on Video: Snake Slithers Onto Windshield of Moving Car


It could have been worse for Layrd Mahler. On the bright side, it wasn't a rattlesnake popping up onto his windshield in Arizona and it wasn't coming out of his car vent, which we've seen many times before.

Mahler told ABC15 that when he first saw a head emerge from under his hood while driving in Phoenix earlier this week, he thought it was a lizard. But then he saw the entire body of the snake, which he believes was a bull snake. 

Did he panic? No.

Did he make the situation worse? Probably.

In an attempt to get the snake off the moving vehicle, Mahler turned on the windshield wipers and that's when the snake latched on to the wiper arm and eventually retreated back under the hood.

He pulled over and was unsuccessful in trying to locate the snake.

"Now I'm debating, 'Do I get back in the car?'" Mahler said. "I don't know if it's going to go through the vent system because they can do that. Or, do I just man up and drive home? So that's what I did."

Once home, he called an animal control company to try to recover the snake. Unfortunately for Mahler, it couldn't be located and he's unsure if it's still hiding somewhere in the vehicle.

"I've basically given myself a pep talk every day to say 'OK, be prepared if something pops out,'" he said. "That's the best I can do I think."



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