A Huntersville Police Department worker “had a near death experience” when a trash can began to move on its own outside the department’s break room on Wednesday, police tweeted.
A shiny black slithering serpent was inside, police said.
Police called in their animal control worker, who used a small pole to lift the snake from the trash can and onto the patio, as shown in a 25-second video police released on Twitter.
The animal control worker then used the pole to coax the snake along. It slithered about for a second or two before darting off the patio and into the woods.
“Good thing our animal control officer was there to save the day!” police tweeted with the hash tags #Nope #NahUh #IDontThinkSo #WeDontDoSnakes #Bye #ShotsFired #NotAPet #HuntersvillePD.