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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Bellevue woman is amazed and thankful to be safe Wednesday after discovering a five foot rattlesnake inside her garage.
Barbara Peterson told Nashville's News 2 she initially heard the snake hissing in her storage area earlier in the week, but was unsure what the sound was.
A day later she heard it again, along with a rattling sound.
Barbara called a local pest control company who safely grabbed the unwelcome and potentially deadly guest the next day.
"I knew what to do when I heard it rattling," Peterson said.
"The hissing was right here," she said while showing Nashville's News 2 her garage storage area, added, "He was within striking distance of my leg."
Peterson said a snakeskin on the floor of the storage area was a telltale sign that she had a noisy, dangerous problem.
The company that came to Peterson's near a wooded area off Highway 70S and Old Hickory Boulevard said it's had an increase in calls to remove three timber rattlesnakes from Nashville homes.
"We have gotten three of them in the last month in the area," explained Michael Rossi, operator of Critter Control of Nashville.
Critter Control employees said they think the increase of rattlesnakes this year is due to the rattlers moving out of their wooded habitat in an effort to find water sources in populated areas.
"I don't think we had one call last year," added Critter Control employee Wayne Barnes, who captured the snake in Peterson's garage.
Peterson said it is not uncommon for snakes to be seen in her Bellevue neighborhood.
"Our neighborhood has snakes," she said. "I just had not met one like that."
Peterson said she is relieved the snake has been removed. She said she considers the employees of Critter Control her "heroes."
The snake will be released into a wildlife area.
Last month, crews removed a more than five foot snake from a home in Hendersonville.
Credits: By Chris Bundgaard - WKRN.com