A rattle in the engine compartment is never a good thing.
But even a good mechanic wouldn't have been of any use to a Delaware County motorist last week who reported opening the hood of his car and finding a timber rattlesnake.
Enter the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The DEC said the large rattlesnake was resting on the center of the engine block, before slithering over to the battery and curling up there.
DEC Police Lt. Nate Ver Hague untangled the snake's tail that was wrapped around the engine block, and Officer Mark Vencak extracted the snake from under the hood.
The officers released the rattlesnake along several large boulders nearby, the DEC said.