Man Finds, Films Two Snakes Hanging From His Attic Door

The snakes apparently were fighting to see who would get to mate with a nearby female.

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Mark Hyatt came home to these two snakes in combat mode, apparently fighting for the right to mate with a nearby female snake. Via  Mark Hyatt/Facebook
Mark Hyatt came home to these two snakes in combat mode, apparently fighting for the right to mate with a nearby female snake. Via Mark Hyatt/Facebook
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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!!!”

Eastern rat snakes are also known as black rat snakes and like all snakes, are beneficial when they live in their native environment. Via D. Gordon E. Robertson/Wikipedia

Eastern rat snakes are also known as black rat snakes and, like all snakes, are beneficial when they live in their native environment. Via D. Gordon E. Robertson/Wikipedia

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.

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  • hope the snakes weren’t hurt or anything! I would just try to get them outside.

    lisa vitagliano June 2, 2016 4:13 pm Reply
  • Hopefully they will get out of the house and no killing!

    Sue June 3, 2016 10:54 am Reply
  • The best thing to do would be to have held a tall trash can or laundry hamper up under and around them and then gently shake the attic door (not pinching them). Then he could have slid something over the top and taken them outside. Myself, I have a large (7’2″) black rat snake that enters my home in the Fall, eats the mice that try to over-winter, and then hibernates under the upstairs floor. In the Spring, it does a quick sweep of the house and then departs. The only service it requires from me in return for the mouse-keeping service is that I do have to clean up a single pre-hibernation defecation from the same corner of the attic each Fall. I now put newspapers there. I’ve known people with dogs who do worse… I consider it a mutually beneficial arrangement.

    Emily June 3, 2016 8:43 pm Reply

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