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JARRATT, Va. -- A man on his way from New Hampshire to Florida got quite a scare driving down Interstate 95 in Virginia on Friday morning when a snake slithered out from the dashboard of his U-Haul truck. The driver and his passenger pulled off I-95, entered the town of Jarratt, parked the U-Haul at a car dealership and asked for help.

"I was sitting at my desk," Owen Ford employee Jason Lowery said. "A traveler came in and hollered at one of the service technicians 'I got a snake coming out from behind the dashboard.'" When Lowery jumped up to help, he said the other man in the U-Haul was holding half of the snake in his hands.

"He was holding it to keep it from going back up in the dashboard," Lowery said. "He was trying to pull him out, but he wasn't coming out."

Snake removed from U-Haul (PHOTO: Emporia Independent-Messenger)

Lucky Streich (left) and Jason Lowery (right) check out the snake removed from U-Haul (PHOTO: Emporia Independent-Messenger)

Unable to set the snake free, the travelers and workers called Critter Control to take care of the stowaway snake.

"When I got here, they left it all to me," Critter Control of Virginia Beach operator Lucky Streich said."We've had snake calls, but not so much with someone pulling off the highway with a snake under their dash."

Streich said after getting advice from the home office in Michigan, he used ice to help dislodge the stuck snake.

Snake slithers out of U-Haul (PHOTO: Emporia Independent-Messenger)

Lucky Streich removes snake from U-Haul dashboard (PHOTO: Emporia Independent-Messenger)

"Inched him out with ice and cooled him down," he said. "He just needs some love and care now."

The five-foot-long snake was handed over to animal control.

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Streich said he believed a previous driver lost the snake in the truck and never reported it missing.

He said the travelers seemed relieved to get back on the road -- snake free.

"We looked under the dash and did not see any more snakes," Streich said.

16 comments

    • Dave

      If this was the first thing you thought of posting, I have a suggestion: Go outside, occupy yourself with nature or something. I prescribe a visit to the State Fair. Try some Deep Fried Oreos, they will soothe your troubled soul.

      • Janet Ticklebottom

        Dave, can’t you see Robbie’s in pain? He needs our help now more than ever. I say WE ALL go to the state fair and get us some DEEP FRIED OREOS! We all wees gots #onlinedating

      • David

        You’ve been on a free ride your entire waste of your life fat athynz. No one would consider you as a progressive democrat.

      • athynz

        Awwww, widdle David is butt-hurt again. Somebody call the whaaaaaaaaaaaaaamulance.

        “DAVID
        You’ve been on a free ride your entire waste of your life…”

        Now I’mma let you finish but I gotta tell you that no, I’ve never been on a free ride. Sorry to completely screw up your liberal progressive whackadoodle theory but I’ve worked for what I have and I’ve held a job since I was 15. You however has been supported by his misguided mother as well as the government for years now, isn’t that right you pasty faced cowardly trolling mama’s boy? The only time you work is when your mom takes you out to the street corner.

        “…fat athynz.”

        I told you to stop looking at me below my belt. It makes me uncomfortable. I think it’s funny how you are fixated on the weight I had in an old picture.

        “No one would consider you as a progressive democrat.”

        Finally something resembling the truth comes from you. And a compliment. Thank you David – I almost feel bad about insulting you – almost.

      • David

        athynz, errr fat athynz, why do you even try to sound clever or brave. you will never be either. you don’t know what real work is fat boy. you have never done a thing for your country or mankind. you are a lot of wasted space. take a bath, you smell badly too.

      • athynz

        “DAVID
        athynz, errr fat athynz,”

        Stop looking at me below my belt David, my eyes are up here. Thanks.

        “why do you even try to sound clever or brave. you will never be either.”

        I am quite obviously much more clever than you, it’s already been proven I’m braver than you, so there you go.

        “you don’t know what real work is fat boy.”

        Boy if IF you ever made it beyond the street corner your mother has you working on and actually tried some real physical work you’d keel over from a heart attack or whine that walking an extra block is too much. You would not last a day doing what I do for a living.

        “you have never done a thing for your country or mankind.”

        That is where you are wrong. But I guess volunteering at homeless shelters and helping build houses for Habitat for Humanity doesn’t count in your bizarro world. I would guess that in your world in order for one to help his country or mankind one would have to hate pitbulls, troll news forums without commenting on the story, and cower behind one’s keyboard. Got it.

        “you are a lot of wasted space. take a bath, you smell badly too.”

        If you didn’t have your head up Timmay’s rectum oh sycophantic one the smell would be much better. Don’t like what I have to say – make me stop. In person you crybaby – unless you do lack the cajones.

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  • T Sweeney

    We had a friend once that was taking his son and his sons’ friend to the friends’ home. Said friend had a snake, and it escaped from its bag into the car. It got into the dashboard and they couldn’t get it out. He said it would’ve cost $400 to remove the dash, so he decided to buy a mouse to tempt the snake out. The mouse was on the floor mat, looked up, and promptly died of fright! :) The snake must’ve gotten stuck, as he never came out. The man was driving around w/ him in the dash waiting for it to come out when it was hungry. After a few weeks, the snake DIED in the dash! It started smelling, so he had to have it removed. He wanted the orig. owner of the snake (the friends’ dad) to pay for the removal….he refused, and so our friend sued him for the money. And was promptly counter-sued by the snake owner for the cost of the snake! I wish I had been in the courtroom when all this was explained to the judge. :)

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