Snake Causes Tourists To Panic In Yellowstone

A non-venomous bull snake caused panic in Yellowstone when it crawled into someone's car.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

August 18, 20202 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

It’s way too early to tell, but perhaps tourists in Wyoming are beginning to respect wildlife.

After all, the mere sight of a (non-venomous) bull snake in Yellowstone caused shrieking and panic when it was spotted coming out of the engine compartment of someone’s SUV.

Or it might have just been that there was snake coming out someone’s SUV. It’s not a common site.

Whatever the case, a tourist from Utah had stopped in Yellowstone and when she came back from the facilities, she found the hood of her car open.

She said she thought there was something wrong with her car but was told a snake had “crawled into the engine.”

A crowd gathered along with two park rangers. Members of the crowd spent time offering different techniques for trying to get the snake out including reaching into the car’s engine. She told the Idaho Statesman that someone “poking it at” from underneath the car finally coaxed the snake out.

“Good thing because I was not getting in the car until he came out,” she said on her Facebook page.

As for the snake, reports are it escaped unharmed.

As for the tourists, no one qualified — today — for the Darwin Award.

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