20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, SC? See for yourself

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20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, SC? See for yourself

Post by KingCam » May 22nd, 2012, 2:16 pm

What do you guys make of this? I dunno what to think. Sorry if this has already been posted.

http://www.wistv.com/story/18590445/lar ... ighborhood

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
After getting a call from his elderly neighbor about a snake in his yard, Heathwood resident Andrew Philson, who is used to seeing small garter and black snakes, took a look around when he got home and was more than a bit surprised to see a 15-20 foot long intruder slithering up one of his trees.

After the initial shock, Philson snapped several pictures of the massive snake behind his Devereaux St. home, which is near Kilbourne St and N. Beltline Blvd., and started calling around to see who could get rid of it.

So far, he's not had any luck, but, after looking at Philson's pictures, officials at the Department of Natural Resources and Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens believe it is a black rat snake.

Philson, however, believes it is some type of python. "I've seen a rat snake and they don't get that big," said Philson.

According to DNR, rat snakes are not poisonous and are considered to be beneficial to have around because they eat rats and rodents and keep other, more dangerous, snakes away. They are incredibly agile when it comes to climbing and can sometimes be found among the rafters of outbuildings, along rock walls, or in trees high above the ground.

Their climbing abilities allow them to ascend the trunks of mature trees, which they sometimes do in search of prey which includes birds and small mammals.

Some large black rat snakes can kill and eat a full grown squirrel.

The snake is still on the loose and Philson hopes that somebody will come and take it away. He's not ready to pay over $150 out of his pocket just to have a professional come out and look around, without a guarantee of the snake being captured.

DNR officers said they do not respond to remove rat snakes because of the benefit they offer to the environment.

"I think this is a public nuisance and I think people need to know in this area that there's a snake this big on the loose," said Philson. He does not want to see the snake be killed, he just doesn't want it around his home anymore.

Philson says his 3-year-old isn't allowed in the back yard until he is sure the snake is gone.

"He plays in the back yard a lot and they have children that come over, her grandchildren, and they play in the back yard a lot. And a snake that big could easily take out a child that size," Philson said.

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Re: 20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, MO? See for yourself

Post by Gabrial » May 22nd, 2012, 3:19 pm

Isn't much you can make of it. Just another jackass looking for attention. It looks to be your average Black Rat, albeit, using the usual perspective trick to make it look bigger.

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Re: 20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, MO? See for yourself

Post by soulsurvivor » May 22nd, 2012, 5:44 pm

Looks like a childrens python to me, maybe even a white lip.

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Re: 20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, MO? See for yourself

Post by txherper » May 22nd, 2012, 5:47 pm

no. it's a rat snake.

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Re: 20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, SC? See for yourself

Post by KingCam » May 23rd, 2012, 5:35 am

Rat snake or no, it would still be fun to find one climbing your tree :P I don't figure it'll pan out to be anything exciting, but I figured I'd post the story anyway :crazyeyes:

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Re: 20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, MO? See for yourself

Post by Talusman » May 23rd, 2012, 8:09 am

soulsurvivor wrote:Looks like a childrens python to me, maybe even a white lip.

It's definitely a rat snake. Have another beer or five.

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Re: 20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, SC? See for yourself

Post by soulsurvivor » May 23rd, 2012, 10:00 am

Nope, it's a childrens. :D

I think I will have another beer though. :beer:

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Re: 20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, SC? See for yourself

Post by justinm » May 24th, 2012, 12:11 pm

Psyon and I saw what we both believe to be the biggest black rat either of us have seen. We think it might have been 7'... Just saying that 20' is not likely.

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Re: 20 Foot Black Snake in Columbia, SC? See for yourself

Post by KingCam » June 14th, 2012, 6:13 am

justinm wrote:Psyon and I saw what we both believe to be the biggest black rat either of us have seen. We think it might have been 7'... Just saying that 20' is not likely.
Yeah, biggest one I've ever seen was just over 6'

A 7 footer would be incredible!! You don't happen to have a picture do you??

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