Everyone is used to dealing with unwanted pests in their homes, like bugs or mice. But what about a snake!?!? Eek!
WBIR's marketing director arrived home Monday to find a large snake curled up on a table inside her home. Experts at the Knoxville zoo believe it was a common gray rat snake. Snakes may come inside a building to look for food. Leaving cat or dog food out in your home could attract mice, which could be followed by the snakes that hunt them.
It would be very uncommon to find East Tennessee's only two venomous snakes inside a building- the copperhead and the timber rattlesnake.
So what should you do if you are unlucky enough to find a slithery visitor inside your house?
First of all, it's against the law to kill them, even in your house. But experts say it's easy to capture a non-venomous snake.
"What I recommend is getting a large trash can, laying it down on it's side and using a broom to push the animal into the garbage can, then using the opposite end of the broom to lift the garbage can up, put a lid on it and then you can release it anywhere," said Brad Moxley of the Knoxville Zoo.
If you need expert help, you can call a wildlife removal company.