The New York Department of Environment and Conservation responded to a very unusual complaint of a timber rattlesnake lying on a car’s engine in the town of Hancock, NY last week.
The owner of the car told the DEC that he had opened the hood to jump-start the vehicle on June 11 and heard the distinctive rattle of a snake. He backed away and saw a large rattlesnake resting in the center of the engine block. The snake then slithered over to the car’s battery, where it curled up.
According to Lt. Nate Ver Hague and Mark Vencak, the snake was seeking shelter. The officers removed the snake by untangling the tail wrapped around part of the engine.
The officers released the snake nearby, next to several large boulders – a much more snake-appropriate habitat.
According to the DEC’s website, timber rattlesnakes are found across much of southeastern New York and many places across the eastern United States. They are considered the largest venomous snake in New York State.