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In unusual call for help, deputies catch snake that slithered into Foxfield home

Snake was 4 feet long, nonvenemous
Posted at 12:03 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 14:03:48-04

FOXFIELD, Colo. — Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an unusual call early Wednesday morning: A mother and daughter in Foxfield found a 4-foot snake curled up in their kitchen and dialed 911 for help.

Deputy Mark Anderson, Deputy Andrew Devries and one other deputy were dispatched to the house after the call came in.

“He didn’t seem to be too terrified of me — he didn’t try to strike me,” Anderson said.

He said he couldn’t identify what species the snake was, but he knew it wasn’t venomous because of the shape of its head. Venomous snakes have triangular heads while nonvenomous snakes' heads are much more streamlined.

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Anderson said he knew how to pick up the snake thanks to nature shows on Animal Planet.

“I watched Steve Irwin — he always grabbed it by the tail,” he said.

Devries said he’s afraid of snakes and didn’t want to get too close. A third deputy who responded had tried to use a broom and kitchen tongs to get the snake. His fellow deputies now jokingly call those his “tactical tongs.”

“He had his 'tactical tongs' in hand and a broom, and I asked if I could just pick him up and put him in the pillowcase,” Anderson said.

The homeowners recorded video of Anderson wrangling the snake into a pillowcase and shared it on Twitter.

They thanked the deputies for coming out and for — jokingly — "saving their lives," according to the tweet.

The snake was released into the wild.

Foxfield is surrounded by open space, so it’s common to find bull snakes and other nonvenomous snakes in the area.