Video shows 45 rattlesnakes being discovered underneath house and it's the stuff of nightmares
One of the more common creature phobias is snakes, probably ranking in there somewhere between spiders and sharks. Personally, I don't have any fear of the slithering reptiles, but even those of us who are fine with them have our limits. I'd say if 45 turned up in my house, I wouldn't exactly be relaxed.
The Texas-based company Big Country Snake Removal removes snakes, as you can probably tell from their name. Since it's quite literally in their name, you'd think that they'd be used to getting rid of the troublesome creatures from awkward spots - but even the professionals can be shocked by their work sometimes.
Last week, they arrived at a Texas house to rid them of an infestation in the foundations of the home. The house, located in Albany (around 150 miles west of Dallas), was well kept - but even so, an astounding amount of snakes made it in.
The homeowner contacted the service after spotting "a few" around that part of the house when he was searching for the source of an electrical problem. Nathan Hawkins, who runs the removal business, wrote about the incident on Facebook:
"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."
In a supplied video, they explore how many snakes have managed to infest the home, without any of them even noticing. And when a removal tool is used to get rid of them, they're not exactly happy about it - letting off the creepiest rattle sound.
"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," Hawkins wrote, before warning people that the same thing could happen to them:
"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."
Hawkins says he's been working in the Abilene area for years, and has also visited many natural snake dens to observe their behaviours - seeing the likes of "dens; male combat, feedings, breeding". Maybe after seeing all that action, 45 snakes doesn't phase him any more.
One of the snakes that Hawkins captured was apparently five-and-a-half feet long, to make things even less pleasant. Thankfully, all 45 snakes were safely removed from the home, though I can't imagine the homeowners will sleep too well for the near future.