It is officially snake season in the U.S. and one woman in Texas found that out the hard way.
Cassandra Oeth, a resident of Green Tree, Midland, Texas was spending her Saturday with her husband and two kids and doing some gardening, reported local news Your Basin. That’s when she discovered something slithery had found itself a comfortable spot inside her shoe.
“I picked up my muddy work tennis shoes, one in each hand, walked out about 10 feet over to the planter, shook them four or five times, threw them down to the pavement and that’s when I saw the snake in the right shoe,” Cassandra told the outlet.
“Getting the snake out of the shoe was the hard part, so I did the only thing I could,” her husband Larry said told Your Basin. “I whacked it a few times and it was stunned so I could get the shoe and shake it out on the ground.”
He then killed the reptile, which appeared to be a baby rattlesnake. Oeth, however, is now concerned about other snakes that might find her garden appealing.
Worrying about her one-year-old and five-year-old children, Cassandra told Your Basin, “It was the question of how many more of them are in our garage and we need to get rid of everything that is obstructing the floor.”
Larry told Your Basin that they are going to talk to their five-year-old boy about the incident while keeping an extra close eye on him. “And our one-year-old…we’re going to have to watch like a hawk for the next couple of years,” he said.
The authorities generally ask people to “familiarize themselves with the snakes” in areas they plan to spend time in, “before venturing out,” as per the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, but, in Oeth’s case, the snake made its way onto her own property.
“I’m extremely grateful I got to learn that lesson and re-learned what I should have known and it wasn’t my children,” Cassandra told Your Basin. “I’m glad that that’s the way it worked out.”
Snakes are cold-blooded, explains the USDA Forest Service webpage, and must keep moving to a “suitable surrounding environment,” to regulate their body temperature. Rattlesnakes, which are venomous, especially tend to look for shady, dry spots during the hottest time of the day. It also notes that snakes “can’t survive extreme summer heat for more than 10-20 minutes and are rarely found in the open.”
It appears that Oeth’s shoe was probably a better candidate for the snake to stay cool rather than languishing in the open Texas heat.
Texas is home to six kinds of rattlesnakes, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, the majority of which are found in the western third or extreme west of the state where Midland is located.
In another startling snake find, an Australian Woman found a highly venomous black snake resting inside her handbag. Luckily, a snake catcher was successful in relocating the reptile.