Parked vehicles are nearly the perfect hideout for all manner of critters. The infinite nooks and crannies of an automobile are all but irresistible for everything from insects to rodents, household pets and reptiles. One Memphis family recently had a close encounter of the legless kind when a nearly three-foot-long gray rat snake crawled out from under their vehicle's hood as they drove down Sam Cooper Boulevard at highway speeds. The befuddled snake inched its way along the windshield, likely seeking shelter from the engine heat and vibration and around to the sideview mirror before falling to the roadway to the apparent delight of the terrified vehicle occupants.

The father of the family misidentified the reptile as a water moccasin, resulting in quasi-appropriate hysterics from some of the occupants. The result is plenty of distraction and a growing controversy in YouTube's comment base about whether the driver should have pulled over and let the snake slither away, or whether they were right in continuing to go on their way.

Here's a tip: If you spot a snake on your car, pull over, get a stick and escort it off, or at least wait in the vehicle until it goes away. Chances are, the animal wants off your ride as badly you want it away from your car. Hit the jump to see the chaos for yourself.



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      mug3n
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want them damh snakes off my car !!!!
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      The snake looked scared... dont ever think I saw that before from a snake. They really should have pulled over im not one for saving animals but this one didnt have to die. He was trying to get away.... sucks. imagine if the snake would have showed up inside the car. . . . . . . yikes.
      nlt624@aol.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would have slammed the brakes and let that slithery bastard fly off! Then I would have hit the gas and ran over his a$$!!!!! I hate snakes!!
      beefchow
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is PETA? Have they seen this?
      dmtheteacher
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've had just about enough of these muthafu*kin snakes on this muthafu*kin car
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'VE HAD IT WITH THESE MOTHAFUKKEN SNAKES on this MOTHAFUKKEN... car?
      Rich M.
      • 3 Years Ago
      uneducated hicks. it's like the bazillion hicks that go to church every sunday and talk about gods creature and this is what they do it. this is one of the many things wrong with americans and these two are parents. good luck kid...
        adbupp
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rich M.
        bigot
        RWD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rich M.
        I hate to say it, but he has a point. I'm no animal activist but why the sam hill didn't they just pull over? They wouldn't have had to even open the door, it clearly wanted to get off the car. The snake had about as much interest in their family as they did with it. I've been in the car with hicks on back country roads, there was a surprising amount of "there's one!" followed by running over a snake. And not to generalize, but as Rich points out, they do tend to be god fearing folk. Maybe it's just boredom, maybe it's because snakes aren't cute enough, maybe it's because a serpent tempted Eve. As George Carlin put it, "...at best, the 'sanctity of life' is kind of a selective thing." Apparently so.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rich M.
        They didnt exactly pull out their shotgun, did they? They, like many others, were probably scared sh!tless and just wanted it off without confrontation.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      jboogiezx6
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh sure, let the poor animal cling for dear life. JUST PULL THE &*#$% OVER. what a bunch of ignorant &*#$%!!!
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jboogiezx6
        For real. I feel bad for the snake. I was raised to only kill what you plan on eating, accidental or otherwise. Would it have been that hard to turn on your hazard lights and get on the should for a minute. It's like how people go out of their way to kill spiders, THEY EAT ANNOYING INSECTS!!! Same with the snake, a brown rat snake, it probably eats rats...
      Lou
      • 3 Years Ago
      holy f**k. i cannot believe the stupidity of these people. instead of pulling over and getting the snake off the car they instead speed up and then weave past slower traffic trying to get it to fly off the car potentially making land on someone elses car and cause a wreck. complete disregard for their own safety as well as others. plus there's a little kid in the car. idiots.
      Kaze9
      • 3 Years Ago
      objects in mirror may be a snake Idk why everyones so butthurt about one snake falling, what the hell was it doing in the car in the first place, it could have gotten chewed up by the belt
      hadji murad
      • 3 Years Ago
      why not drive at all, you know, with all of those love bugs and moths you kill every day? or, maybe i missed the official morality code book which in clear terms lists and ranks lifeforms' importance.
        Bob Johnson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hadji murad
        Hold on, so you're saying you don't have access to The Official Morality Code Book Appendix A (which in clear terms lists and ranks each life-form's relative importance)? Your life must be horribly difficult and filled with confusion. How do you get through the day? Are you constantly wracked with guilt over everything you kill, not knowing which things matter or which things don't, or do you stay in side all day in an effort not to kill anything? Until you find a copy of that list, I'll summarize: Human beings are on top (I bet that's a relief!) and then for the most part life forms become more morally valuable the more complex and smarter they become. If you had the chart, you'd know the life of a snake is rated at 7cMvs, which is high enough that pulling over and removing it from one's car is appropriate, even if that makes one late. Bugs are rated at a much, much lower .01 mMvs, so killing many of them in one car trip is morally acceptable because the benefit to humans (1 Mv) is worth so much. You should really get that handbook. It also has a nice section on sarcasm, snarkiness, and rudeness in which you might also be interested.
          hadji murad
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bob Johnson
          What's funny about your reply is that you just emphasized my point of the subjectivity involved. Nothing in your post points to any real reason I should think a snake is more valuable than a moth. You happen to value complexity and intellect (snakes are very dumb by the way); some people might value beauty, others, usefulness to humans. Your basic reasoning is so one-dimensional that it precludes there being any philosophic debate on issue, and that there really is some obvious code (which, despite your 'common sense' pop answer does not prove anything but my point) According to your logic, you must be a vegetarian. For example, pigs are highly intellegent, more complex than snakes, and people raise and kill them by force, whereas the snake "chose" to climb on the car, is less complex and dumber. I really don't care either way about the snake. I probably would have tried to save it because I like animals, but that doesn't mean these people acted immorally.
          Bob Johnson
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bob Johnson
          Congratulations, Mr. Murad, you are absolutely correct in following my train of logic. Pigs are highly intelligent, which is why I don't eat them or any other mammals. I do eat fish and chickens though, because chickens are pretty dumb. I would also, if such things were delicious, eat snakes, because, as you point out, snakes aren't that clever. I would however, brake or turn to avoid hitting a snake in the road if I could do so safely without damaging my car (because a snake isn't worth nearly 1000 dollars). So you see, a snake as a food might be valuable enough to condone killing it, but forty five seconds in pulling over is less valuable than a snake. All sarcasm and snarkiness aside, I don't think you've addressed my main criticism of your comment. In your original post, you seem to suggest that such an appendix is an impossibility or that all things are equal, and we must reconcile ourselves with being monstrous. Yet in your reply to my comment, you seem to agree with my main point that there is a sliding scale of importance with which we can assign moral value to things. You also seem to agree that the basic metric I suggested as one simple way to create such a rubric has some merit, while offering your own suggestions as to other metrics that could be used to enhance the accuracy of such a chart. With what then, do you still disagree? Your initial sarcastic assertion now looks truly silly by both of our reckonings. Your reply to my comment seems insubstantial, and seems to lack any meaningful thrust. What then, is your official position on this matter? You say you'd pull over and remove the snake because you like animals, but such an action with such a motivation would be laughable to someone who once said, "why not drive at all, you know, with all of those love bugs and moths you kill every day? or [sic], maybe i [sic] missed the official morality code book which in clear terms lists and ranks lifeforms' importance." As such I'm confused, and I think it's because you're confusing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hadji murad
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