A black rat snake resting in a tree.
A Texas man examines a loud “clunk” coming from its chimney on Sunday was shocked to find a 6-foot snake staring at him from behind the glass.
Gary Antley, of Lufkin, was the snake around the 2:38 pm — just as he was about to head to bed. Antley picked up a pair of pliers to remove the hose, which as a non-toxic rat snake, of his house.
“I go from mild mannered just passing through, I pass the panic phase and I’m going to clean up, ‘Oh God what do I do!?'” Antley described his thought process to KETK-TV.
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Antley filmed his daring snake removal mission, the focus of a camera in the direction of the open fireplace, where he gently opened the sliding glass doors. Keeping a safe distance, Antley used the tongs to grab the snake by the neck and pull the reptiles of the soot.
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“I just gritted my teeth and I went in and grabbed him by the neck,” Antley told the news station. “Well, nothing bad happened and he got caught in the fire curtain.”
A bold Antley then with his hand the snake to the body of the curtain and successfully pull it out of the fireplace. Then he showed it in a bucket and close the lid.
“I can not sleep for a week now,” Antley allowed on Facebook, the sharing of a minute video of his snake encounter. Thousands of people viewed the video and dozens left comments for the Texas man.
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“Ah, such a cute little snake! I live in Florida. We have pythons! Those get BIG! Want to come visit?” a Floridian asked.
“Umm, I’ve Never been back. Geez!” a friend joked.
“Oh, it’s just a rat snake. He’s not evil,” another added.
“Tell that to the family of chimney sweepers in his stomach. He did me a service and for that I am grateful. I move him here in a bit,” Antley said.
Antley safely released the snake back into the wilderness a few miles away from his house.
The Texas rat snake is a non venomous reptile that is commonly found in North Texas. The biggest rat snake ever recorded in the area, was 7.2 metres long, according to the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center.
“Texas rat snakes are excellent climbers and there have been occasional reports of Texas rat snakes climbing up the sides of the brick walls of buildings,” the center explains on its website. “This may be the result of the hose to detect the presence of rodents, which often seek shelter in attics.”
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