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Snake spotted near Super Shuttle at Tampa Int'l Airport

11:56 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - It wasn't as dramatic as the cult classic Snakes on a Plane starring Samuel L. Jackson, but a snake in the cell phone parking lot of Tampa International Airport caused a bit of a stir.

Police officers and drivers who were waiting to pick up TIA passengers kept their distance as the creature tried to get into a Super Shuttle on Sunday afternoon. 

When no one knew what to do next, they called in Tampa Fire Rescue.

"Sure enough there was a big, probably approximately about a 5 foot snake right there in the parking lot," said Lt. Natalie Brown.

While her fellow male counterparts stayed away, Brown jumped into action.

"We kind of looked at each other, the police officers and I, and I said, 'I'd be happy to capture the snake for you' and they said, 'OK.'"

Brown picked up the snake with her bare hands and put it into a pillowcase before taking it home. She plans to give it to a friend, who will keep it as a pet or turn it back over if an owner claims it.

Meanwhile, Brown has garnered a reputation with her co-workers at the airport fire station. "They're giving her a hard time about it ... 'snake charmer' and such. 'Medusa,'" said a fellow male co-worker.

No one knows how the snake ended up on airport property, but a Super Shuttle driver told 10 News that he thinks the snake is a pet and escaped from one of the drivers who waited in the cell phone parking lot to pick up an airport passenger.

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