Report of rattling in engine


– On June 11, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation officers responded to a complaint of a rattlesnake resting on an engine block in the town of Hancock in Delaware County.

The complainant told the officers that he had opened the hood of his car to jump start the vehicle and heard the distinctive rattle of a snake. He backed away and saw a large rattlesnake resting in the center of the engine block.The snake slithered over to the battery and curled up there. 

The officers confirmed the snake was a timber rattlesnake seeking shelter. ECO Mark Vencak carefully extracted the snake from the engine compartment as Lt. Ver Hague untangled the tail wrapped around part of the engine. The officers released the snake "nearby, next to several large boulders, a much more snake-appropriate habitat," according to officials.


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