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Bullsnake found in NE Heights home

Created: 07/25/2014 9:34 AM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's not something most of us would like to wake up to, but one woman in Albuquerque's Northeast Heights found a large snake in her home on Manitoba Court.

APD says that the snake more than likely slithered its way into her house through an open door.

She then called 911 telling police about the intruder, which has fooled many people into thinking it's a rattler.

Matt Eschenbrenner at the ABQ Biopark says bullsnakes, which is what the woman found in her home, are a common sight in the Duke City.

"We get calls all summer long about guests finding them on grounds at the zoo. There's a lot of wild bullsnakes here. We go pick them up and relocate them into the bosque. That's the most common snake around here that you're going to run into," he said.

Not only are they common, but they are beneficial to have around as well.

"They're completely harmless. They're actually very beneficial because they help take care of rodent populations and things like that," Eschenbrenner said.

He's also glad that the woman did the right thing and called for help instead of trying to take matters into her own hands.

"There's kind of a stigma about snakes. When people see them in their yard, in their house, or in their garden, they think that they have to kill it," he said.

The bullsnake was safely captured by three officers then released into an open space area in the Foothills.


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