A 4-foot snake was apparently living life in the fast lane when an Arkansas woman says it fell out of her car’s dashboard and onto her feet last week.
The terrifying drop left Kelly Swisher struggling to compose herself as she drove down a Fayetteville interstate Thursday with the slithering reptile directly below her, she told KFSM-TV.
"As soon as it landed on my feet, I felt it," she recalled. "It was rough and scaly, and as it slithered across my feet -- that is the nails-on-a-chalkboard kind of thing."
Instead of making a quick trip to the store, Swisher said she found herself frantically dialing 911 over the stowaway passenger while trying to get off the interstate.
"I do not know if I had my hands on the steering wheel or not," Swisher said. “I am not the most flexible person in the world, but I can guarantee you that my knees were up next to my ears."
She said the snake then managed to slither back inside of her car’s dashboard.
As Swisher parked at a shopping center, she said the snake left the dashboard for her backseat, likely giving animal control officers some leverage when they came to remove it.
KFSM-TV identified the critter as a rat snake, saying its bites were "rarely serious."
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office later shared photos of the “friendly … little guy” on their Facebook page while assuring residents that the driver and the snake weren't harmed.
Swisher expressed excitement in her own Facebook post, writing: "Oh what a day! THANK YOU is simply not enough! That's enough excitement for the day. This old heart just can't take it!"