This isn't what you expect to find when the check engine warning light comes on.
You never know what you might find under the hood of your car. But when you investigate what's causing the check engine warning light to come on, the last thing you expect to see is a massive ten-foot-long snake curled up in the engine bay. That's exactly what happened to one Ford Mustang owner in Florida, who must have had the surprise of their life when they popped open the hood to try and fix the problem.
The ten-foot-long Burmese python slithered under the hood of the muscle car (if only it was a Shelby Super Snake) in Dania Beach, Florida, and was discovered after people at a nearby business opened the hood to investigate the check engine warning light.
Trying to remove the python without proper snake handling training would obviously be dangerous, so they wisely called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to safely remove the invasive snake. Video footage posted on social media shows the snake being pulled from the Mustang engine compartment and grabbed by the head by a wildlife officer, who then pins the python to the ground.
A bystander then joins the officer to help contain the struggling snake into a bag. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident, but it isn't known if the snake caused any damage to the car's engine bay.
According to CNN, the extracted snake will likely be used as an "education and outreach animal." Since it was still hot in Florida, a FWC spokeswoman doesn't believe the snake was seeking warmth when it nestled under the hood of the Mustang.
"This is a success for native wildlife since pythons prey on native birds, mammals and reptiles," FWC wrote on social media. "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."