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Driver hears 'strange rattle' under hood of car, finds snake: DEC

On June 11, a man called the NYS DEC to say he saw a large timber rattlesnake resting on the center of the engine block. (Photo: NYS DEC)

Hancock, N.Y. (WHAM) - A cautious driver had quite the surprise waiting under the hood of his car last week.

On June 11, a man driving through Hancock in Delaware County, about 40 miles east of Binghamton, said he needed to jump start his car.

When the driver opened the hood, he said he heard "the distinctive rattle of a snake." After quickly backing away, the man said he saw a large timber rattlesnake resting on the center of the engine block.

New York State DEC officers responded to the man's location and were able to carefully pull the snake from the engine compartment and released it back into the wild.

Timber rattlesnakes are the largest venomous snake in New York, usually measuring between 3-4 1/2 feet long. In New York, there have been no records of human deaths attributable to rattlesnakes in the wild during the last several decades, according to the DEC.

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