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NYSDEC: Man finds rattlesnake under vehicle’s hood in Hancock

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.

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