Watch Florida officer wrangle snake out of storeroom

‘If it was a spider, I’m out. But I’m OK with snakes,’ officer said

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Officer Matheny with the Clearwater Police Department in Florida wrangled a 5-foot snake from a business storeroom Monday morning and video of the animal rescue was caught on video.

“If it was a spider, I’m out. But I’m OK with snakes.”

Footage posted to Facebook by Clearwater Police Department shows Officer Matheny carefully removing the snake, which the department identified as a red tail boa.

The serpent was placed in a cooler after it was removed from the storeroom and taken to a veterinarian for evaluation.

“All in a day’s work,” officials with the department said in a Facebook post.

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