A man called Auburn police on Tuesday when he found a garter snake in his car, saying he’d rather “burn the car than touch the snake,” police said.

The caller, who was not identified, wanted help removing the snake from his car, according to a post on the Auburn Police Department’s Facebook page.

“Caller has a snake in his car and wants assistance removing it,” dispatchers told police, according to the post. “Caller is afraid of snakes and would rather burn the car than touch the snake.”

Officer Travis Barnies responded and retrieved the small garter snake from the car.

The snake was released unharmed.

Garter snakes average about 22 inches and are nearly harmless to humans. They eat slugs, frogs, toads, tadpoles, fish and salamanders.