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Python Removed From Car In Joliet

09/26/2011 05:55 pm ET | Updated Nov 26, 2011

A Joliet man is lucky the police officer who responded to his 911 call had a history with large snakes.

The man went out to his truck on the 400 block of Cherry Street Thursday and “was really surprised when he opened the hood and saw what was coiled around the carburetor,” Joliet Police Officer Michael Reilly told the Chicago Sun-Times.

A six-and-a-half foot long python that had escaped from a neighbor's house about two weeks earlier had curled up under the hood, according to NBC Chicago.

“He had crawled up there to get close to the heat from the engine and I got it loose after about an hour,” Reilly told the Sun-Times.

Reilly, who used to have a large snake as a pet, returned the large, non-poisonous animal to its owner.

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