A Texas homeowner got the shock of his life after discovering dozens of rattlesnakes living under his house.
It was like a scene straight out of Indiana Jones. A homeowner in Albany, Texas crawled beneath his home to check on his cable after the TV was knocked out during a windstorm. What he saw was initially reported as a “few” snakes, but turned out to be 45.
The homeowner knew that rattlesnakes are a problem and best removed, so he contacted Big Country Snake Removal to get his reptilian squatters off of his property. After arriving, Nathan Hawkins, owner of Big Country Snake Removal, took one look beneath the house and saw there were dozens upon dozens of snakes.
That’s a real hazard, as any Texan would know. The USA records roughly 8,000 snake bites per year, and the great majority of them come from southern states thanks to the Western diamondback rattlesnake. Thankfully, only a tiny fraction of those bites are fatal due to modern anti-venom.
Hawkins recorded the removal and posted the video to the company Facebook page. As Hawkins said, "Everywhere you look there's more snakes." Many were fairly small rattlers that could be snatched using a special grabber fairly easier. Some were larger and required a little bit more care as they tended to put up a bit more resistance.
Strangely, most of the snakes seemed completely unperturbed about the fact that their numbers were slowly dwindling one by one. That could be attributed to the colder temperatures this time of year, which generally keeps rattlesnakes sedate. That said, they do seem to get rowdier as the video goes on.
Okay, here it is..... 45 rattlesnakes. Our day started off with a quick removal in Woodson, Texas. After the Woodson removal, we headed back south to a house between Baird and Albany. Due to the high winds, their tv/cable was acting up, so a gentleman crawled under to see what was going on. He saw a “few” snakes and quickly crawled out.... The interesting thing here was they only see a few each year, their yard was very well kept and their house was nice and clean.... My point is, we run into this scenario often, and people don’t think it can happen to them. As I stated in the teaser video, rattlesnakes don’t care how nice your house is or what kind car you drive- they care simply about survival. We arrived around lunchtime and as soon as I crawled under I could immediately see that there was far more than a “few.” 😜 The video will take over from here... If you’d like an inspection/removal, need rattlesnake avoidance training for your dog, or are interested in snake-proof fencing, please let me know.Posted by Big Country Snake Removal on Sunday, March 17, 2019
"What happens in the spring is, the snakes will start emerging here pretty soon probably within the next two weeks. They'll start emerging and then what they're going to do is they're going to start trying to find food and then they're going to start breeding," Hawkins told KTXS 12 News. "A lot of people are getting snakes in their yard, and it's because basically the habitat has been destroyed around the housing developments."
If you see a rattlesnake nest on your property, don’t approach. Contact a licensed snake removal expert to have them removed and taken to a safe area.