- Associated Press - Thursday, September 29, 2016

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - Power crews near Albuquerque have had it with the snakes inside transformer boxes.

KOAT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2dh4f7o ) that officials say two bull snakes are to blame for a Tuesday power outage at Rio Rancho’s V. Sue Cleveland High School. Maintenance crews tracked the outage to the school’s solar panels, where they found a bull snake hanging next to wires in the transformer box. Another was on the ground nearby.

In a photograph, the snake looks like a cluster of wires at first glance.

Beth Pendergrass of Rio Rancho Public Schools says the snake crawled on the truss, which carries 12,000 volts. The school believe the snakes’ scales carried moisture onto the high voltage line, shorting the power supply.

Power crews say the snakes did not survive.


Information from: KOAT-TV, https://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html

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