Nest of 24 diamondback rattlesnakes found at family home in Texas

24 diamondback rattlesnakes invade family home in Texas

24 diamondback rattlesnakes were found in a family home

Friday, February 3, 2017

A family in Texas discovered that their home had been invaded by 24 rattlesnakes. 

They first discovered one rattlesnake in the toilet bowl which had entered through a relief pipe, which they swiftly killed with a shovel, CBS News reported.

The family called in a specialist, Nathan Hawkins from Big Country Snake Removal, to deal with the dead snake, but when he inspected the house he found a larger problem.

In total he found 24 diamondback rattlesnakes. Thirteen were hiding in the cellar and a further 10 were under the house, five of which were babies, CNN said. 

The snakes underneath the house were hiding in a den under old sheet metal.

On the company's Facebook page, he warned people that rattlesnakes are hard to spot as they “are secretive and can be very cryptic -- They rely heavily on their camouflage.

"This is simply how they survive. Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they aren't there."

Hawkins does not kill the snakes he catches; instead he relocates them or donates them to a local college for study. 

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