Mark Hyatt of Greenwood, South Carolina, came home to a bit of a surprise the other day. He found two entwined snakes hanging from the attic door in his ceiling.
Hyatt took video of the incident, which occurred on May 31, and posted it on Facebook with the following comment:
“Yes, this is what I came home to today. I got one out (after some violent hand to hand combat,) but the other is lost in the house somewhere. Anyone want to come for a sleep over at my place tonight?”
Some of the Facebook responses were typical, given some folks’ perceptions about snakes.
- Omg…please tell me you killed these. I would have been calling 911…what did u do? I would have died
- Omg. I would have died.
- Mark….you know those things mated in your attic!!! SELL.YOUR.HOUSE.
- So you nuked the house right? Cool I thought so.
But one person actually showed some intelligence and compassion for an animal that is often completely misunderstood. Giovanna Allegretti pointed out that the snakes were completely harmless and actually very beneficial to the environment.
“Black snakes are harmless,” Allegretti noted. “Actually they are highly beneficial. They eat mice, which cause damage to houses and spread disease. They also eat so many mice that they reduce the tick population in your yard by thousands, and ticks also spread disease. Be nice to the snakes. P.S. snakes only wrap up like that when they are having sex. ”
Hyatt’s response to Allegretti? “I’m trying to remind myself of all these positives!!!”
Margaret Nall, an administrator of the Snake ID page on Facebook, described the reptiles as two male eastern black rat snakes who were fighting for mating rights with a nearby female.
No word yet on who won, or on spotting the snake that got away.