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Large rat snake found hiding in shopping carts at Walmart in Texas

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A cart attendant at a Walmart in Texas got quite the scare on Friday after the discovery of a large rat snake in a group of shopping carts.

The north-East of the Police said in a Facebook post that the reptile had worked in the group of the carts on a return area of the Walmart in Cross Roads, located north of Dallas.

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“A loud cry about the parking lot at Walmart attracted the attention of a NEPD Officer who was patrolling in the area, in the dusk of the evening,” the department said.

A large ratsnake was discovered in a group of shopping carts at a Walmart in Texas on Friday.
(Northeastern Police)

Officials called in a man known as “The Snake Charmer,” identified as John Heckaman of Savannah, Texas, who helped in the move of the snake.

An officer discovered the large rat snake after hearing a “loud scream” in the parking lot of a Walmart in Texas.
(Northeastern Police)

Heckaman, however, was bitten times during the process, police said.

“The recent heavy rainfall, many snakes from their natural habitat, and this shows that they are up just about everywhere,” said the police.

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Rat snakes are non-toxic and usually found in fields and forests across the country, including Connecticut, the Carolina’s, Kansas and Oklahoma, according to the National Wildlife Federation.

The one person bit by the big rat snake was a man known as “The Snake Charmer” brought in the reptiles.
(Northeastern Police)

“Black rat snakes are excellent swimmers and climbers. They will use these skills to catch a variety of food, from bird eggs to frogs,” the federal agency says online. “They are the snake most likely to be seen around the buildings of the hunting for rodents, amphibians and young birds. Black rat snakes are constrictor snakes and use their bodies to suffocate their prey.”

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According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, rat snakes mate in late May and early June.

Fox News’ Ann W. Schmidt contributed to this report.

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