HANCOCK, N.Y. (WBNG) – A man was met with a strange surprise in Hancock when he opened the hood of his vehicle last week, according to the New York State Department of Conservation.
On June 11, NYSDEC officials responded to a complaint of a rattlesnake resting on an engine block in the town of Hancock.
A man told investigators he opened the hood of his vehicle to jump start it when he heard what said was the distinctive rattle of a snake.
He reported seeing a rattlesnake resting on the center of the engine block, before the creature slithered over to the battery and curled up.
NYSDEC officers confirm the animal was a timber rattlesnake, which the NYSDEC notes is the largest venomous snake in New York.
Officer removed the snake from the engine and released it nearby.