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Snake sparks a sensation

To quote Indiana Jones: “Snakes ... why did it have to be snakes?”

That’s what members of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) were whispering Friday when they were called in to wrangle a brassy four−foot−long belly crawler caught claiming a Mill Island resident’s front yard as his own.

Officials said that a resident of National Drive near 56th Drive stepped outside his home at 2 p.m. on June 26 and saw the four−foot long black racer staking his claim.

The resident called police, who didn’t quite know how to respond to the slithering suspect as it fled into a bush by the side of the home.

Cops from the 63rd Precinct called in backup.

Using his highly trained snake−grabbing skills, ESU Police Officer Leonard Guerrero managed to find the nonvenomous snake in the bush and rope it long enough to drop it into an awaiting pillow case.

But the snake had a different plan.

Witnesses said that as soon as it was dropped into the pillowcase it jumped out, trying to find a new escape route.

Cops again grabbed the black hued snake, put it back in the bag, and delivered it to the Center of Animal Care and Control (CACC) for processing

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