Pictures posted by Roanoke Police Department - VA show officers handling the huge snake and moving it off a road. In a post shared on Facebook on June 20, the police department warned people to lookout for snakes and other potentially dangerous wildlife.
"The summer heat, roadwork and construction can cause snakes to become more active and seek out alternate locations," says the post.
Pictures shared in the post show the huge snake sitting on the road and eventually being relocated for its and everyone else's safety.
"I thought it was a turtle at first," Randy Leftwich, a local who watched the police in action, told CBS News. "When I saw the snake I thought cops get such a bad rap these days, here are two officers helping out an animal."
Rattlesnakes are large, venomous snakes found throughout North and South America.
In May, a man in Texas killed a rattlesnake but was shockingly bitten by the reptile's decapitated head and required 26 doses of anti-venom after the snakebite. Venomous snakes like rattlesnakes and cobras, have strong reflexes, biting among them, which can be triggered by the brain even hours after the reptile dies. Click for more trending news
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