Re: Poisonous Snake Hiding In Toilet Bites Woman
I was working a flood in Texas once, and the house I was inspecting had been flooded with about 1 foot of water throughout the home.
They had already pulled all the carpets, and I was done with the inspection, talking to the folks as I was about to leave.
Suddenly, a snake crawled out of a pile of debris in the front yard, and darted right into the weep hole in the brick siding. That's basically a small opening to allow moisture to get out, but it also let this snake get in.
The wife went ballistic. She was screaming and yelling and running around like a madwoman. The husband knew with absolute certainty that if he didn't get that snake out of the wall, his wife would never set foot in that house again. So, he grabbed a shovel, and ran inside and started chopping out the sheetrock on the exterior wall the snake had gone in. He chopped and chopped, no snake. The way brick houses are built, there's plywood sheathing on the outside of the studs, and the bricks are outside of that. I kept trying to tell them that the snake probably couldn't get past the sheathing, but they were having none of that. He beat the holy crap out of his walls for 20 minutes, and still no snake.
By this time, the wife was completely freaked out. She was talking about buying new stuff and never setting foot in that house again. The husband had such a sad, hang dog look. She imagined the snake coming out of the walls in the middle of the night to "get her".
I was ready to leave, and all of a sudden the snake poked his head out of the weep hole. I yelled at the guy, and he swiftly chopped the snakes head off with the shovel in no doubt the most important athletic move of his life.
The snake had never been able to go far, like I was trying to tell them, but it didn't matter. She really, really didn't like snakes.
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