Jackson Ault pulled over to the side of the road to help a woman whose car had broken down in Santa Fe recently. When he popped the hood, he found a goddamn 7-foot, 20-pound python inside.

"Looking right at me, it flicked its little tongue, and I kinda freaked out a little bit," he told local news outlet KOAT.

Ault and the woman called the police, and the officer who responded was happy to remove the giant snake. An animal control officer believes the young python could eventually grow to twice its current length, and that it probably slithered under the hood for warmth.

After the incident, Ault said, he's "hesitant to pop [his] own hood, even though that sounds ridiculous. Weird day."

[h/t CNN]