Snake slithers out of car's vent as Va. woman drives down the road

A 2½-foot snake came out of the air vent in a woman’s SUV as she was driving it on her lunch break Monday in Warrenton, Va. (Lora Goff)

WARRENTON, Va. (WSET) -- A woman got a big shock while driving down Main Street in downtown Warrenton.

Lora Goff told the Washington Post that she was on her lunch break when she looked down next to her steering wheel to see a snake slithering out of the air vent.

Goff said she tried to remain calm as she pulled off the road, jumped out of the SUV, and called police.

She also snapped a couple photos.

Animal Control got to the scene and an officer tried to use a piece of equipment to catch the snake, but couldn't, and it came farther out of the air vent, started moving around the car, and fell down under the front seat.

Goff told the newspaper that she had to get back to work so she drove back to her office with the snake still in the vehicle.

After searching the Internet, Goff decided to borrow a friend's car to get a sticky glue trap to try and catch the snake.

The next morning, her husband found it stuck to the glue pad and threw it in the back of his truck.

"What he did with it, I don't know and don't want to know," she said.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office said one of its animal control officers responded to the call on Wednesday.

“It’s rare that it comes from someone who is driving down the road, and a snake comes out of the air vent,” Sgt. James Hartman, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said.

Hartman said it's possible that the heavy rains meant the snake was probably looking for a dry spot for refuge and a "nice warm car was a good place to go."

Other officials have warned to keep an eye out for small creatures looking for a dry place to hide them from the rain.

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