Woman ‘almost crashed car’ when snake slithered from vent

FILE PHOTO: Western Pigmy Rattlesnake (Smart Glen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Creative Commons)

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Something more than air came slithering out of a car vent in Florida.

Monica Dorsett says she “almost crashed her car” when a red rat snake crawled out of the air conditioner vent as she drove down a highway in Venice.

Dorsett says she was in traffic on March 10 when she saw the snake slither out of the vent to the left of her steering wheel. She cut across two lanes and stopped in a parking lot.

She says she slammed the door with the snake half in and half out. Her husband then opened the door and the snake fell to the ground. She says he “euthanized” it.

Venice is about 210 miles (340 kilometers) northwest of Miami.

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