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The owner of a Ford Mustang took the car in for service in Dania Beach, Florida last Thursday (10/29) after noticing the “check engine” light was on. When the mechanic popped the hood to see what was causing the problem, he quickly found the answer.

Mustangs are known for their horsepower. This one had also had “snakepower.” A 10-foot long Burmese python had coiled itself around the engine. For the record, Ford makes a Cobra edition of the Mustang, not a Python.

The startled mechanic did what most people in that situation would have done: he immediately closed the hood, ran and called for help. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrived on the scene and removed the slithery stowaway. The wildlife officials told CNN that the python would probably be used as an education animal.

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Has an animal ever found its way into your vehicle? I’ve heard of birds, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and even cats making themselves at home in the engines of cars. If I found something like a Burmese python under my hood, I’m pretty sure I would just abandon my ride and take the bus.

The New York Daily News has video of the snake being removed from the Mustang. You can see it HERE.