An 8-foot albino boa constrictor was discovered wrapped around the engine of a car at a dealership in South Carolina on Tuesday morning.
The non-native snake was found coiled under the hood of a 2015 Ford Focus at Beach Automotive in Myrtle Beach, according to a Facebook post by Russell Cavender, who is known as "The Snake Chaser,"
"I have found many, many things underneath the hood of cars," Cavender wrote. "Possums, Squirells rats, and a several snakes [sic], but never an 8-foot albino boa constrictor. I’d say a pretty interesting morning!"
Cavender was called in to assist the auto mechanics after they popped the hood and found the snake while working on the car for a clutch shutter and recall, WPDE-TV reported.
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Russell Cavender said he believes the snake slithered around the car engine to keep warm. (The Snake Chaser, Russell Cavender/Matt Trudeau/TMX)
"I popped the hood open, I saw this big thing laid across it, I didn’t even know what it was," Beach Automotive technician Tony Galli told the outlet. "I thought it was an oil sock to absorb oil. Then I was like, ‘No that’s a snake.’ Then I poked it and it moved, and I was like, ‘that thing is alive.'"
Russell Cavender said it was the first time he found an albino snake. (The Snake Chaser, Russell Cavender/Matt Trudeau/TMX)
Boa constrictors are not venomous, though their bites exert a great deal of pressure and can cause bodily injury.
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Cavender believes that the boa is someone’s pet since the snake is not native to South Carolina. He said the snake appeared underweight and had wrinkles on its body, a sign it was not well taken care of.
Russell Cavender pulls out the 8-foot albino boa constrictor from around the engine of a Ford Focus. (The Snake Chaser, Russell Cavender/Juan Perez/TMX)
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"The Snake Chaser" said he will care for the snake until its owner comes forward, and if no one claims the boa, he will turn the reptile over to a breeder, according to WMBF.