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OMRO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin motorist was in for a slithery surprise after his mom”s sport utility vehicle began acting strangely.

Chris Nguyen pulled over Wednesday night in the town of Omro and popped the SUV”s hood to find a 4-foot-long python inside. Fittingly, the snake damaged the engine”s serpentine belt.

Omro police responded and tried to wriggle the snake from the engine. They called “The Snake Man” Steve Keller — a Menasha man who rescues snakes — for help.

Authorities say the snake was identified as a ball python. Its owner said it”s been missing for more than a month.

It”s illegal to have these snakes in Omro, so the snake”s owner was fined. WBAY-TV reports that police said they”d dismiss the ticket if the owner pays for damages to Liz Nguyen”s vehicle.

Keller says he”ll adopt the python.

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