Video: Get a look at the snake pulled out of a woman's car - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Video: Get a look at the snake pulled out of a woman's car

Tony, a Shreveport area mechanic, checked around the car then took the dashboard off Wednesday. (Source: KSLA News 12) Tony, a Shreveport area mechanic, checked around the car then took the dashboard off Wednesday. (Source: KSLA News 12)
They saw the snake but could not catch it. Tony said they will try again Thursday. (Source: KSLA News 12) They saw the snake but could not catch it. Tony said they will try again Thursday. (Source: KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The snake watch is over.

Tony the mechanic has caught the snake that took refuge in a Shreveport woman's car.

And It's a healthy size, measuring more than four feet in length.

The mechanic believes it was a water moccasin, but the species has not been confirmed by an expert. There are many harmless water snakes that can be confused with the venomous water moccasin.  

Whatever the species, Tony found enough feces in the vehicle to suggest that the reptile had been stowing away for months. 

Lynette Bilello says said she first discovered the snake in her SUV as she was parking it at the West Shreveport branch of Shreve Memorial Library on Pines Road about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 

She was opening her glove compartment to retrieve a sign.

"It got slammed. My purse got grabbed, my Starbucks got grabbed, my cigarettes got grabbed, keys got turned off and I ran and I called 9-1-1."

Bilello said three Caddo firefighters responded but even they couldn't find the snake in time.

"As soon as the young guy got the glove box and opened the glove box, he saw the tail end, about three to four inches, crawl into the dashboard of my car."

Bilello said three Caddo firefighters responded but even they couldn't find the snake in time. She says animal control and snake removal people refused help because they said they need to be able to have a visual on the animal and they don't take anything apart.

After the woman's plea for help, KSLA News 12 viewers called about it.

Some even offered advice.

KSLA News 12 viewers suggested using or doing the following to drive it out:

  • Mothballs
  • Sulfur
  • Ammonia or bleach
  • Gasoline in buckets or on rags
  • Playing the car radio at full volume.

One viewer even suggested using Jack Daniels. 

Thanks to your calls, the mechanic offered to help get rid of the snake. 

He checked around the car before he took the dashboard off Wednesday.

"It's right here. Up under this flap."

They saw the snake but could not catch it. 

He said they would try again Thursday.

Success.

They pulled out all of the vehicle's seats, used cold air to flush the snake out of the air-conditioning system then shot it to death after getting it out and on the ground.

Copyright 2017 KSLA. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Hundreds enjoy varieties of beers at LA Winter Beer Festival

    Hundreds enjoy varieties of beers at LA Winter Beer Festival

    Saturday, February 24 2018 9:37 PM EST2018-02-25 02:37:00 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    All the beer one could ever want was in downtown Lake Charles Saturday.  The 4th annual Louisiana Winter Beer Festival brought in thousands of people ready to test out plenty of beer.  Beer from all over the world was in one place Saturday---downtown Lake Charles.   Nick Villaume/co-organizer "I want to highlight downtown that was really one of the reasons we started this was to be able to highlight what's going on downtown, and what a great downtown area w...More >>
    All the beer one could ever want was in downtown Lake Charles Saturday.  The 4th annual Louisiana Winter Beer Festival brought in thousands of people ready to test out plenty of beer.  Beer from all over the world was in one place Saturday---downtown Lake Charles.   Nick Villaume/co-organizer "I want to highlight downtown that was really one of the reasons we started this was to be able to highlight what's going on downtown, and what a great downtown area w...More >>
  • Silver Spurs Rodeo Club hosts youth rodeo in Sulphur

    Silver Spurs Rodeo Club hosts youth rodeo in Sulphur

    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:34 PM EST2018-02-24 22:34:48 GMT
    A 30 year tradition continues as the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club held their first youth rodeo of the year. Held at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur, kids can sign up for multiple events, including barrel, polls, stakes, and even mutton busting: where kids can ride the sheep. Edwin McCall, the Vice President of the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club, says that everyone is invited to come, watch, and enjoy the rodeo. "The neatest thing is the family environment. You know, we start out in the mornin...More >>
    A 30 year tradition continues as the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club held their first youth rodeo of the year. Held at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur, kids can sign up for multiple events, including barrel, polls, stakes, and even mutton busting: where kids can ride the sheep. Edwin McCall, the Vice President of the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club, says that everyone is invited to come, watch, and enjoy the rodeo. "The neatest thing is the family environment. You know, we start out in the mornin...More >>
  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Erik Tee

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Erik Tee

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:24 PM EST2018-02-24 04:24:34 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    KPLC's Black History Month profiles wrap up with a man who has a voice for radio.  As a kid he called radio stations, he helped carry equipment and even started working a station for free starting out. But that persistence was all Erik Tee needed to help him make it in the world of radio.  Every car radio turned to 107.5 has probably heard that voice.  The voice of radio personality Erik Tee.   "This is my getaway," said Erik. "This is ...

    More >>

    KPLC's Black History Month profiles wrap up with a man who has a voice for radio.  As a kid he called radio stations, he helped carry equipment and even started working a station for free starting out. But that persistence was all Erik Tee needed to help him make it in the world of radio.  Every car radio turned to 107.5 has probably heard that voice.  The voice of radio personality Erik Tee.   "This is my getaway," said Erik. "This is ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly