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'I was freaking out': Snake slithers from under hood of Zebulon woman's car

Posted July 17

— A woman who came face-to-face with a snake while driving to work Friday said she is still shaken up over the incident and is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Justyn Knox said she hates snakes, but she had never really seen on up close until spotting one on the hood of her car while driving on Interstate 40 to her job in downtown Raleigh.

“All of a sudden, a snake pops out from underneath my hood and just kind of in my face. I can see its tongue just kind of slithering at me and I was freaking out. I was like ‘oh my God, there’s a snake in my car,’” she said.

Knox pulled over, pulled out her phone and called animal control while she crawled into the back seat to get as far away from the snake as possible.

“A lot of people have commented on the video and said it’s a black snake or a chicken eater. Any type of snake to me is a bad snake. I just don’t like snakes,” she said.

The snake slithered into a nearby tree before animal control officers arrived at the scene, so there was nothing they could do.

“I will not park under that tree anymore. I park over a block away,” Knox said.

âI was freaking outâ: Snake slithers from under hood of Zebulon womanâs car

Knox said she is not sure how the snake made its way under the hood of her car, but she’s making sure it won’t happen again.

“I bought snake away, I bought snake stopper spray,” she said. “I do not want to see another snake around here or in my car.”

Knox said the day after the incident was her son’s birthday. He had asked for a snake as a present, but she said “no way.”


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  • Mary Meadows Jul 18, 11:12 p.m.
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    You may just want to watch that video again. I watched it prior to posting my comment and it is obvious that her car is NOT MOVING. So we have 1. Video showing the car is parked and 2 article clearly stating she saw snake, PULLED OVER (key words here) and then shot the video.

  • Steve Faulkner Jul 18, 3:45 p.m.
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    Or you could actually watch the video and see she was definitely driving and filming it!

  • Mary Meadows Jul 18, 1:54 p.m.
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    she didn't drive nc film it. Read the article. She pulled over on the side of the road and got in the back seat nc filmed it. She

  • carolinej Jul 18, 12:28 p.m.

    The snake didn't hang around while she found a number for animal control. I wonder if she called 911 first and they suggested that department.

  • Linda Cencelewski Jul 18, 12:11 p.m.
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    Oh no. My car is parked under a tree in my back yard right now. Ewww. Poor woman to have to go through that.

  • Jewel Lee Jul 18, 11:11 a.m.
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    Hate to see how she would react if a fly were to get inside of the car. Pfff, Drama & commotion over a friendly black snake.

  • Christine Gibbs Jul 18, 10:47 a.m.
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    You're driving and videoing the snake??!! That was pretty dumb! could of caused something much worse than a snake on your car!!!

  • Kelly Birdsall Jul 18, 8:12 a.m.
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    Well what did she want animal control to do once it was in the tree, kill it??? Good grief! It's gone it's over move on!