It’s not unusual to hear odd noises in your home. Most of the time, it’s water going through the pipework or the creaking of a shifting foundation. But occasionally, it’s something completely out of the ordinary!
After years of hearing strange sounds in their house, one Florida family finally realized they were facing a real problem. Rather than the run-of-the-mill creaks and groans of an old home, those sounds were indicators of a dangerous issue they would soon have to tackle head-on—literally.
When one Englewood, Florida, family heard odd sounds coming from their attic, they initially assumed it was the water running through their pipes. After several years, however, they began to suspect something else. So homeowner Bob Van der Herchen decided to do some investigating…
Bob hoped he wasn’t going to stumble upon some kind of infestation. He knew people who had dealt with the headache of rats’ nests before, and he was well aware of the nightmare—and pest control bills—that came with them.
Bob and his wife, Linda, kept their fingers crossed that the unusual noises weren’t rats as they headed up to their attic. Little did they know, the problem was much bigger than they thought…
As much as the Van der Herchen family hoped they wouldn’t find a mass of insects or rodents, they knew the odds were high that they would: Bob was in the pest removal business, though he only dealt with removing and relocating honey bees.
Unfortunately, the sounds that this family heard weren’t bees. Bob’s son, Adam, lived directly below the attic, and he was one of the first family members to realize something fishy was happening in the room above.
The utility room above Adam’s bedroom was the first place the family checked. They slowly opened the upstairs door, and the first thing they saw was a massive tunnel carved into their fiberglass insulation. What the heck had created it?
As Adam, Bob, and Linda all stared into the mysterious gap in the insulation, Adam suddenly spotted what was causing the sounds. That was when the family completely freaked out…
It was an enormous snake! The entire family was horrified to see part of the body of the scaly monstrosity that was making a home for itself in their attic. How did a snake get into their attic? And just how were they supposed to remove it?
Bob immediately called Sarasota Animal Control, a local company that specialized in the removal of large animals and infestations. He hoped they’d have the tools and experience required to help.
Two animal control officers arrived at the Van der Herchen’s home armed with catch poles. Bob gave them a thorough description of the scaly squatter, they scoured every inch of the house to find it…
The officers then told the Van der Herchens the worst news possible: it was a diamondback rattlesnake—and it was incredibly poisonous. One face-to-face interaction with it could easily result in death.
Unfortunately, the snake had retreated deep into to walls of the home by the time the workers arrived, and they couldn’t seem to locate it anywhere. The family would need to try another option…
Luckily, a family friend knew a man named Mark Lampart who specialized in handling dangerous animals. He had experience with sharks, snakes, and other wildlife, and they hoped he would be the right man for the job.
As it turned out, Mark was the man for the job. As soon as he arrived on the Van der Herchens’ property, he knew exactly where to start his search. He began investigating the gutters—and almost immediately found a piece of snakeskin nearly two feet long!
After several hours, Mark finally located the snake in the ceiling. The easy part was done… but removing the creature was going to be difficult. Mark spent several minutes carefully breaking away part of the insulation. Then, he reached in…
Mark finally got his hands on the snake! Luckily, it wasn’t a diamondback rattlesnake at all, but rather, an enormous Columbian red-tailed boa constrictor. This snake wasn’t poisonous, but it was large and strong. If mishandled, it was still deadly.
In one quick motion, Mark yanked the snake out of the ceiling and quickly positioned himself so the reptile couldn’t do any damage. The snake was enormous, but fortunately, Mark remained calm throughout the entire process.
Bob, Linda, and Adam couldn’t believe their eyes: Mark was standing in their front yard holding the biggest snake they had ever seen. So, how exactly did the reptile find its way into their attic in the first place?
Mark explained that boa constrictors are skilled tree-climbers, and this particular snake must have climbed a tree in the Van der Herchens’ back yard—and entered the home through their roof.
Finally, Mark safely removed the snake from their property. It was an ordeal the Van der Herchen family would always remember… and definitely hoped would never happen to them again!
Imagine finding an enormous boa constrictor in your attic? The Van der Herchens were lucky they called Mark for the job!
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