Snake Falls Out Of Dashboard While Woman Is Driving

| by Michael Howard
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An Arkansas woman got a nasty surprise while making a trip to the store.

Kelly Swisher was driving down the highway on June 9 when suddenly a 4-foot-long rat snake fell from her car's dashboard and onto her legs, according to WHNT.

"As soon as it landed on my feet, I felt it," Swisher told the news station. "It was rough and scaly. As it slithered across my feet, it was the nails-on-a-chalk-board kind of thing."

"I don't know if I had my hands on the steering wheel or not," she added. "I am not the most flexible person in the world, but I can guarantee my knees were up next to my ears."

Swisher then pulled over to the side of the road and dialed 911. But before help could arrive the snake slithered up back into the dashboard again.

She returned to her car and resumed driving with the goal of getting off the highway before the snake came back out. But the reptile had other plans.

"That did not work out either," Swisher said. "Here he comes, and he wound up in the back seat of my car."

Eventually the Washington County Sheriff's Office dispatched animal control and the snake was captured.

"God had his hand on me," Swisher said. "He protected me. He protected my car. That is all there is to that."

Rat snakes are nonvenomous snakes that kill their prey by constriction, according to Live Science. They are found throughout North America and do not pose any threat to humans.

Sources: WHNT, Live Science / Photo Credit: WHNT, J.D. Wilson/Savannah River Ecology Laboratory via Live Science

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