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Massachusetts Man Finds a Boa Constrictor in His Truck’s Engine Bay

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The encounter under the vehicle's hood was actually the man's second run-in with the snake

The boa was found in a very constrictive environment
Photo: Leandro Avelar

It’s not uncommon to find animals hiding in your engine bay. Creatures that tend to cuddle up with an engine range anywhere between a cat and a squirrel.

Most of these creatures tend to be quite small in size. However, Joe Reed, a resident of Stoughton, Massachusetts, discovered a creature that was quite large under the hood of his truck: a boa constrictor.


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While going to check the fluids of his truck, Reed was startled to discover a five-foot long snake resting on top of his engine. Like any rational human being, Reed called animal control and the police to help remove the reptile.

When animal control and officers did arrive, the serpent suddenly awoke from its slumber. It then attempted to crawl down deeper into the engine area.

Using a pole, officers on the scene were able to lift the snake up. One of the officers was able to grab it behind its head. Finally, Reed and the police officers were able to wrangle the creature out of the engine and into a barrel.

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An engine bay is probably a nice place to nap for a cold-blooded creature

The police officers reportedly had no experience in dealing with snakes. Fortunately, there was an animal control officer at the scene to help out.

“We get snake calls every once in a while, but usually our animal control officer’s working and thankfully we begged him to come in and he got here pretty quick,” explained Lieutenant John Booney.


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Oddly enough, this was not Reed’s first encounter with the boa constrictor. While taking out garbage the previous Friday night, he discovered the reptile resting on top of his trash cans.

Stoughton Police have stated that the boa is set to be reunited with its owner, who unsurprisingly wishes to remain unidentified. Due to Reed’s frequent encounters with the snake, if he is ever in need of a career change, then he could always consider snake charming.

News Sources: CBS Boston, The Drive

Zachary Berry currently resides in the Dayton, Ohio area. However, he enjoys traveling from place to place, as he was born in Oklahoma City and has also lived in Albuquerque and Orlando (such is the life of a military brat). Zachary graduated from Ohio University with a major in Strategic Communication, which is fancy talk for advertising and public relations. Beginning his career at The News Wheel as a lowly intern, he was able to climb his way to the top, eventually claiming his place within the last cubicle on the left. Other jobs that Zachary has held include driving around a safari truck at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When he’s not putting his nose to the grindstone, Zachary enjoys watching and critiquing movies and television. See more articles by Zachary.