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

By Ben Hooper
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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.


"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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