Man Finds Huge Snake Wrapped on His Front Door While Picking Up Food Delivery

A Virginia man was shocked to find a black rat snake wrapped around his front door handle when he briefly left his house to pick up a food delivery over the weekend.

Jeff Irvine, from Brandermill, a suburb of Richmond, Virginia, noticed the snake when he picked up the food delivery from his front porch on Saturday afternoon, telling CBS affiliate WTKR that his initial thought was "What the heck?"

"I ordered lunch through Door Dash so I came downstairs around that time to get the delivery. I saw the driver walk up, place the food on the front porch and walk off," Irvine said.

"I opened the door and looked down and didn't understand what it was at first."

He said that he does not think the driver saw the snake during the encounter, because she "put the food on the ground and walked away" without saying anything to him about the animal.

Irvine, who said he saw the snake out on his back porch earlier in June and a similar black snake inside his residence in September 2020, said that the animal eventually left his front door on its own accord.

He told WKTR that his wife and mother-in-law were agitated by the sight of the snake, but Irvine said that the reptile is probably friendly, adding that it would "be more hassle than it's worth" to catch and relocate it.

Rat snakes, which are often found across North America in forests and grasslands, are non-venomous and do not pose any threat to humans, according to Live Science.

Killing snakes is illegal in Virginia, unless they pose a crucial threat to someone's health, as the state's wildlife center encourages residents to catch and relocate them if they think it is necessary to move the animal away from an area.

Dr. Ernesto Dominguez, an exotic animal veterinarian at the Wellesley Animal Hospital in Richmond, told WKTR that he recommends humans give snakes space.

"I think the most important message to put out is that snakes are out there, and we have to respect them," he said. "They also provide a lot of benefits to us, especially pest control. They control all the rats and mice that live around the houses."

Snakes like the warm temperatures, meaning that more sightings are likely to be reported across the U.S. as we enter the summer months.

Gerri Womack Garon, from Louisiana, nearly sat on an unidentified pale brown snake while on the beach at the seaside town of Orange Beach, Alabama, on Tuesday after it had draped itself on her chair, according to FOX 10 News.

Writing about the incident on Facebook in a post accompanying a picture of the snake, Garon said that she was relieved that she looked down before sitting on the chair.

"Didn't know it was required to check your beach chair for reptiles until today!" she said. "Great job to the beach attendant who relocated this guy back to the dunes!"

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File photo of a black rat snake. A Virginia man was shocked to find a black rat snake wrapped around his front door handle when he briefly left his house to pick up a food delivery over the weekend. Rory Dean/iStock / Getty Images Plus