For years a Sarasota County man thought rats were crawling around in his attic, but it turned out to be something much larger.
Englewood resident, Bob Van der Herchen, said during the past few months his son “felt something just wasn’t right” about the noise, WFLA reports.
“Over the last couple of years, my wife said she heard sounds in the attic. My son said he heard sounds in the attic,” he said to WFLA. “I didn’t think much of it, I thought maybe it was rats.”
The mystery was finally solved when Van der Herchen found a 6-foot boa constrictor hiding inside his attic’s wall insulation.
“It took three and a half minutes for that snake to move into that rafter space…it was bigger than I expected,” he told WFLA. “It was actually bunking in the rafter space right above the Florida room chair where my wife sits,” he said.
Van der Herchen believes the snake used to be someone’s pet and got into the house from a tree branch. A snake trapper removed the boa constrictor and took it to a “more suitable home,” WFLA reports.
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