TRINITY COUNTY, Texas - It definitely wasn't what one Trinity County man expected to find in his fireplace.
Gary David Antley said he heard a loud noise in the middle of the night, and when he went to check it out, found a 6-foot-long Texas rat snake that had dropped down the chimney of his home.
Antley said he grabbed some barbecue tongs, gritted his teeth and went for it.
When he grabbed the snake by its neck, it got tangled in the fireplace's mesh curtain but, eventually, Antley worked it free.
A snake expert said it was an unusual occurrence, but that the snake could have gotten in from a nearby tree that had a branch over the chimney.
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