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Texas woman gets a shock when snake joins her in the pool

By Ben Hooper

June 15 (UPI) -- A Texas woman relaxing in her backyard pool scrambled out of the water when she was joined by an unusual swimming companion -- a large snake.

Julee Ware said she was wading in the pool behind her Pflugerville home this week when she suddenly discovered that she wasn't alone.

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"I'm minding my own business, standing quietly in my pool working on my phone. I hear a 'plop' sound to my left," Ware told KVUE-TV. "I look ... nothing there."

Ware said a snake suddenly popped its head out of the water right next to her, causing her to run to dry land.

Ware captured a brief video of the snake slithering out of the pool and into the bushes.

"I'm a grandmother of six, and I don't swim with snakes," Ware said. "My husband is still laughing."

Experts said the serpent in Ware's video was likely a harmless western rat snake.

The non-venomous snake made the situation far less dangerous than the recent discovery of a snake in an Australian family's pool. Trappers were called to the home when an 11-year-old South Australia girl discovered an eastern brown snake, one of the most venomous snakes in the world, coiled up inside an inflatable pool boat.

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