BRADENTON, FL - Underground Auto in Sarasota specializes in everything unusual -- but they had recently had a first.
"I hesitated and then I said, ‘why not? Come on in," said Manager Jack Polubinsk.
Polbinsk got a call about a snake stuck in a car's dash.
"The first thing he said is, ‘are you afraid of snakes?’ I was thinking, ‘oh what has he got me into now,’ " said mechanic Donnie Gross.
Polbinsk knew Donnie was the man for his job.
"Donnie is a good-ole boy and he is used to getting alligators and things like that," Polbinsk said.
Gross admits he was a bit nervous at first.
"I'm like, ‘oh man, here we go, I'm fixing to be headed to the hospital with a snake bite,’ " he said.
The pet snake started out on the passenger side floor. It was headed to the pet store for a check up. But it slithered away, disappearing into its owner's dash.
"It was a mystery. It was either going to be really simple, or really complicated, to get him back," Donnie said.
Donnie started by pulling out the radio, and then the air conditioning controls.
"I could see a lot of the snake, but I still didn't know where the business end was. I didn't know where his head was," Donnie said.
It then became obvious.
"I saw him before I heard him, and then once I saw him he was pretty angry after that. He poked his head out at me and he decided he was going to take a bite," he said.
It tried a few times, but never got a bite of Donnie.
Half an hour later, the five-foot python was out.
"[Donnie] came running around the counter and handing him the snake. People were like, what on earth is going on?" Polubinsk said.
The snake's owner was ecstatic.
"He thought he would never see him again. He thought he for sure it was going to come out in pieces," Donnie said.
Donnie says he now has a new job skill to boast about.
"That one is going on the resume," he laughed.
He also has some advice: "Keep track of your pets," he said.
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