Workers at a dealership in Chesterfield County, Virginia, were taken aback after they found a snake slithering from a car’s vent.

A customer dropped off the car at Priority Toyota on Monday. When the workers began to examine the vehicle, they found the hidden passenger.

“They were detailing his car and someone noticed a snake slithering on the dashboard. Every was pretty surprised. Very surprised!” employee Brandon Leinberger told CBS-affiliated television station WTVR-TV.

Initially the workers thought the reptile was just a toy, however, when it started moving, the workers backed off. Leinberger managed to grab the snake safely and released it into the wild. He said his father works as the animal control supervisor at Richmond Animal Care and Control and that being comfortable around animals was in his blood.

“We had some snakes growing up. but it’s been a while,” he said.

Meanwhile, a video of the incident showed the reptile sitting ideally in the car’s dashboard.

The incident comes less than a week after a snake set off the doorbell at a home in Virginia. Andi Stewart-Bishop received a movement notification from her newly installed doorbell. Assuming it to be a delivery person, she went to the front door, only to find the 8-feet reptile. Speaking to local media, Stewart-Bishop said she believed the reptile was trying to get to the birds that nested on the second floor.

“I make sure to look around and keep my tiny dog on a leash when we go out. I still can’t go out the front door,” she said.

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This is a picture of a boa constrictor at the El Salvador National Zoo in San Salvador, June 15, 2017. Getty Images/Oscar Rivera
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