Paramedics in Torrance got more than what they bargained for Monday when they come across a 3-foot snake in the shoulder bag of a bicyclist who had been hit by a car.
The paramedics had been gathering the injured bicyclist's belongings at the crash site when they came upon the snake, KTLA-TV reported.
The reptile, possibly a ball python, was "well-behaved," said Los Angeles police Sgt. Jeremy Duncan.
The snake was kept inside the bag until L.A. County animal control officials arrived to take it away, KTLA reported.
The collision occurred near 226th Street and Western Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. The unidentified bicyclist was hospitalized with broken ribs and collarbone at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Police were investigating the cause of the crash.