Wednesday, August 17, 2011

An Unwelcome Intruder

There was an unwelcome intruder at our son Matt's Calvert, Texas home this afternoon. The first indication of a problem was our Granddaughter, Ali, screaming SNAKE! SNAKE! SNAKE! at the top of her lungs.

Matt responded to find a Copperhead trying to get under the TV set. When chopping it in half with a machete failed to achieve the desired level of "dead" he shot it in the head with a 22.

Ali told us she had thought the cats were playing with a piece of rope that had been kicked under the coffee table - until the piece of rope started moving across the floor toward the TV set on its own. She didn't know what kind of snake it was and didn't care. She summoned help, really loud.

The heroic cats were trying to assist, until the snake started hissing and striking. At that point they decided Matt could handle it on his own, and joined Ali on top of the couch to watch the action.

In the end the beastie turned out to be an 18 inch (give or take) Southern Banded Copperhead. How did it get into the house? Your guess is as good as ours.


  1. ok first ive been bitten before and do not wish it again. from the screams that where comming from the livingroom i thought it was a 20 foot rattler. after it was cut in half it was alittle upset and was striking at everything. it was held down by the only machete we have and using my pocket knife would have put me in striking range. the .22 was what matthew was told to get and he did so very safely (muzzle down and finger off the trigger). when all was said and done the snake was as long as the machete with a little bit more snake. the little ones are worse the the bigger ones. I think im going to keep the shotgun in my room for a few days what do ya think??? its not drama damn it. its overkill!!!!

  2. How does this compare to the Bremond Butt-Biter under the porch,hmmmm?