Snake Remover in Texas Finds 45 Snakes Under Homeowner's House
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
March 21, 2019
Paging all ophidiophobics, you'll want to avoid getting within a hundred miles of this home near Abiline, Texas after a snake removal company discovered and removed 45 rattlesnakes from beneath one man's house.
According to a roughly-18 minute video posted on Facebook, the homeowner was attempting to figure out why his TV/cable was going haywire and crawled under his home to see what was going on. The man saw a "few" snakes, quickly crawled out, and called the snake removal company.
"We arrived around lunchtime and as soon as I crawled under I could immediately see that there was far more than a 'few,'" Nathan Hawkins, the owner of Big Country Snake Removal wrote in the Facebook post.
In fact, video taken by Hawkins showed that the home contained an entire den of western diamondbacks slithering around the crawl space.
"All right, guys, we’re fixing to start removing these," Hawkins narrates in the video. "There’s quite a few. I’m guessing right now there’s probably 30 or 40 that we’re looking at, and everywhere you look there’s another one."
Hawkins told USA Today the largest specimen he removed from under the home was well over 5-feet in length. Most disturbingly, this wasn't even the biggest job Hawkins has taken. In fact, he told the Washington Post he once removed at least 90 snakes from another one of his client's homes.
Rattlesnake venom is potent, but bites are rarely fatal to humans, especially if the victim receives prompt medical treatment.
The company ended up removing a total of 45 snakes from underneath the home. The homeowners said they didn't encounter rattlesnakes very often.
"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 in the Facebook post. "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 [of] car you drive—they care simply about survival."