Yet wrangling a python was exactly what New Jersey State Trooper Steven Vallejo found himself doing this past Friday, when the New Jersey State Police received a call in the morning that there was a rather large snake on the Garden State Parkway, a bustling multi-lane toll road.
To judge by the photo posted by the agency, Trooper Vallejo found this to be simply all in a days’ work. Calmly he used his baton to handle the snake. More power to him. We think we might have preferred facing an armed assailant.
Reportedly, a highway maintenance worker found the snake in a broken aquarium alongside the road, not far from one of the highway’s toll booths in densely-populated Essex County. Although clearly abandoned, it was the snake’s lucky day: The weather was unusually warm for January in New Jersey, and the python was relocated to an exotic pet store a few miles away, where perhaps it will find a new owner more caring than the one who dumped it on a highway.
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