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Trooper Turned Snake Charmer Nabs Python Dumped on NJ Turnpike

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    Trooper Turned Snake Charmer Helps Python

    A New Jersey State Trooper rescued an abandoned python with an expandable baton.

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018)

    Troopers are prepared to deal with some venomous suspects, but one got a close-up encounter with a real snake.

    Trooper Steven Vallejo responded to a call Friday morning of a python dropped in a toll collector's basket on the New Jersey Turnpike. 

    He arrived at the Essex toll booth to find a slightly different situation: there was a python, but it had been dumped in a broken aquarium on the side of the road near the tolls. 

    Vallejo used his extendable baton and his leather gloves to remove the snake. 

    The snake, a female, wasn't injured and was taken in by NJ Exotic Pets in Lodi.

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