Massive venomous snake found under New Orleans home

By Daniel Uria   |   Aug. 18, 2017 at 10:06 AM
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Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Wildlife removal experts discovered a large venomous rattlesnake underneath a home in Louisiana.

Gulf Coast Wildlife Removal shared photos Wednesday of the nearly 6-foot long canebrake rattlesnake that was found living under a homeowner's deck in New Orleans.

"By far the biggest venomous snake we've encountered near the city," the wildlife removal company said. "Please keep a close eye out in these last few hot months of summer."

Ryan Cook of Gulf Coast Wildlife removal told WVUE he marveled at the size of the snake, noting that "anything over 5 feet with a rattlesnake is considered a monster."

"This one was 5 foot 8 inches and has 13 rattles on it, so it's been around a good long time," he said.

Cook added that he's received reports of rattlesnakes in the area near the site of an old Six Flags amusement park.

"I've been hearing of a lot more rattlesnake activity in the New Orleans East area. I believe especially around the Six Flags area because it's so overgrown. No one's really doing anything to knock the numbers down, so you're starting to see more and more of these guys showing up in residential neighborhoods," he said.

The wildlife removal expert encouraged residents to keep their yards and homes clear of debris and other clutter that rattlesnakes can use to form a shelter.

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