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Snake handler to reclaim python found in Santa Fe

Published July 14, 2014 5:52 pm

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Santa Fe, N.M. • A professional snake handler who works in movie sets has come forward to reclaim a python that got into an engine block and stalled a car in New Mexico.

Santa Fe Animal Shelter officials said Monday that the handler named Dusty was stunned to hear his Burmese python named Eve had escaped from an enclosure at his home.

They say he will take possession of the snake after city animal services officers do an inspection of his home.

A woman's pickup stalled on a Santa Fe street last Thursday. Someone popped the hood and a 20-pound snake slithered across the engine block.

Authorities say the snake likely crawled into the pickup at the motorist's home several blocks away and the truck probably stalled because the python dislodged an electrical wire.