Video Extra: Man finds snake under car hood

Posted at 8:25 AM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 10:25:31-05

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A South Florida man came across a slithering surprise under the hood of his SUV on Friday.

It was a typical morning for Ernst Dimanche after he dropped his kids off at school and returned to his Miami Gardens home.

When he popped open the hood of his SUV to do some work, he found a boa constrictor.

“I saw the snake,” Dimanche told WSVN-TV. “I just went crazy. Everything, everything on my skin, I got goose bumps.”

A snake had curled up onto his Cadillac Escalade’s engine. He said that he has no clue when the snake might have slithered its way into his SUV.

“I don’t know how long it’s been in my truck, and I took my kids to school with the snake in my truck, and now I don’t want to get back in my truck,” he said.

Freaked out and scared, Dimanche called animal control to help, but they charged a hefty $300 fee he couldn’t afford.

Instead, he called Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, but they couldn’t help either, because they didn’t want to hurt the snake.

“It found a sweet spot and it’s loving it, and no matter what I do, it will not come out,” Dimanche said.

Using a hanger, his fearless neighbor Demetri Giddings stepped in and saved the day by pulling out the snake.

“I guess the little moments help, and if I can help somebody have a better day, then it’s cool,” said Giddings.

As for Dimanche, he’s just thankful this nightmare is over.

“Now I can go home and relax,” he said. “My snake day is over.”