"We have snakes!" she told her husband. And together, they captured each of them one by one to give them a new home.
Admit it—we're all a little afraid of what is lurking underneath our bed in the dead of night. A woman from Georgia had good reason to be curious about what's under her bed as it led to the discovery of a dozen and a half snakes sharing her room with her. At first, Trish Wilcher from Augusta, Georgia thought there was a "piece of fuzz" on the ground. But when she went to touch it, she had the fright of her life when the "fuzz" moved.
"Before going to bed, I spotted what I thought was a piece of fuzz on the floor, went to reach for it and it moved," Trish told NewsChannel 6. "And then a second later another piece moved and I went to my husband, ‘we have snakes!'" Trish added. Soon, Trish and her husband, Max Wilcher, discovered that they had been sleeping above a mother snake's nest. Making themselves at home, the mother snake was living there with her 17 snake babies underneath the couple's bed.
Quickly, the couple sprung into action and took each of the snakes out with a grabber tool. It took them until midnight to capture them and put each snake in a linen bag. "He brought them out there to the creek area and released them there," Trish said.
When she wrote about the nerve-wracking ordeal on Facebook, Trish said: "Ok we have turned the bedroom upside down... found 17 babies and the momma. Up the street they have cleared some land that has been grown up for some time now... therefore we were the home spot for her litter! Still not confident that was the last of those things. Scared shirtless to be honest! No sleep tonight... just glad I saw that little tiny piece of what I thought was fuzz and went to pick it up!!!"
Thankfully, the snakes were given a brand new home near Rae’s Creek and will hopefully be more suited to the creatures' taste. Apart from getting a comfy spot to lay their eggs, it seems there might be more reason for snakes to come uninvited to your home. "If you have a mouse problem, the snakes are going to come and try to help you with that," said Phinizy Center for Water Sciences Environmental Educator, Camilla Sherman. So snakes might help you get rid of your mouse problem, but then instead of a mouse problem, you will have a snake problem.
As Sherman explained why people are more likely to see snakes around when it gets hot, she said, "In the winter, when it’s cold, they slow down because their body is not able to produce heat like ours is. So, in the summertime, they’ve got plenty of heat. They are a lot more active, so you’re more likely to see them." When it comes to Georgia specifically, it is more likely that the snakes are non-venomous and less dangerous. Sherman explained, "If you give them a way out, they’re going to take it. They’re not going to chase you."
Cover image source: FOX59 News/YouTube