One Texas family received quite a shock when their son discovered a rattlesnake in their toilet, and as if that wasn’t shocking enough, 23 other snakes were later found lurking throughout their home.
According to CNN, on Tuesday morning, Isac Mcfadden went to use the bathroom in his home in Abilene, Texas, but when he got there, he found a rattlesnake inside the toilet.
“I found this big clump, and I knew it was a snake,” said Isac.
— CNN (@CNN) February 2, 2017
Isac then went to get his mother, Cassie Mcfadden, who asked one of her older sons to get a shovel to kill the snake.
“I was just like, what do you do with this? What do you do with this? I don’t know!” Cassie said.
After killing the snake, Isac’s father, Jason Mcfadden, called Big Country Snake Removal to report the incident. Little did he know that the snake removal company would later find 23 additional snakes slithering in his house- 13 in the cellar, along with five adults and five babies underneath the house.
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Big Country Snake Removal shared a post on Facebook about the incident to educate their followers on why it is important to have snake inspections conducted on their homes.
“Last week we received a call from a family in Jones County who had an adult rattlesnake in their toilet,” they wrote in the post. “Yes, in their toilet! (The snake found its way in from an opening in a relief pipe that I later sealed)”
“This was the first snake that the family has seen on the property in several years…. When I arrived, I immediately noticed a few problematic areas. Intuition took me directly to a storm cellar where I safely removed 13 adult rattlesnakes. After a thorough perimeter check, I crawled underneath the house where I removed another 10, 5 being babies…. 24 snakes total, (including the toilet snake) and the family had no idea….”
The snake removal company went on to explain how so many snakes were able to get into the home without being noticed. They suggested their camouflage techniques and secretive nature were the reason they could get around the home without being seen.
“Rattlesnake are secretive and can be very cryptic- They rely heavily on their camouflage,” they explained. “This is simply how they survive. Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there….”
— Kid Facts (@Kid_Facts) January 25, 2017
- The rattlesnake is scientifically known as the Crotalus adamanteus
- They are found throughout North and South America, with the greatest concentration being in the Southwestern United States and in Northern Mexico, according to Live Science
- Arizona is home to 13 species of rattlesnakes, which is more than any other state
- There are 32 known species that can be distinguished by their unique color variations, according to Desert USA
- The rattlesnake is one of four venomous snakes in the United States- the others are the coral snake, the copperhead, and the cottonmouth water moccasin.
- They use their rattle at the end of their tail as a warning mechanism, along with their distinct hissing sound
- Their lifespan ranges from 10 to 25 years
- Rattlesnakes typically feed on small rodents and lizards
- Rattlesnake bites are very dangerous and can be fatal if left untreated
— Kid Facts (@Kid_Facts) November 10, 2016
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