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Snake rescued from N.J. road

Oct. 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

SALEM, N.J., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Police in New Jersey said they caught a large black rat snake spotted crossing a road and released it in a nearby semi-wooded area.

Salem police said the snake, which was at least 5 feet in length, was spotted crossing a road around 2:30 p.m. Monday and they were called to the scene by a passerby who threw a cloth over the animal and carried it to an outside wall of the nearby Spirit Life Fellowship Church, Today's Sunbeam, Salem, reported Tuesday.

Police said the snake was in a coiled position when Police Chief John Pelura III arrived on the scene and grabbed the reptile with a gloved hand as a helper pinned the snake's head down with a broom.

The snake wrapped itself around the chief's wrists and allowed itself to be carried to a semi-wooded area behind the church, where it was released.

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