Texas Family Find Rattlesnake in Couch They Had Just Been Sitting On

A Texas family found a rattlesnake curled up on the couch they had just been sitting on.

Jacob Gamble, from Decatur, had been sitting outside on the couch on his patio, watching a basketball game on TV, WFAA reported. Gamble then briefly left his seat to eat some pizza his daughter had brought home.

When he returned, however, the family found the venomous snake had claimed the seat.

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A stock photo shows a rattlesnake. They being emerging in Texas at the beginning of the spring. Alexander Wong

Texas is home to 10 different species of rattlesnake and they can be found nearly everywhere across the state. Rattlesnakes are venomous, but their bites are rarely fatal. Their bites can cause severe health problems if they are not treated quickly, but the species tend to stay clear of people unless provoked.

A video taken by Gamble and reposted to twitter by WFAA reporter Paul Livengood, shows the snake coiled on the coach, rattling its tail, in front of a cushion that reads: "live the life you imagined."

The rattlesnake was curled up on the sofa when Gamble returned, WFAA reported

The snakes rattle their tails as a warning to predators, telling them to stay away.

In the video, Gamble's daughter can be heard screaming in fear in the background.

"Do not get close to that thing! Oh my god Dad stop," she can be heard saying, as Gamble approaches the animal.

Gamble posted the video to Facebook group: "What kind of snake is this? North Texas Educational Group."

According to WFAA, Gamble wrote: "We were sitting there 10 min earlier watching the Mavs and went inside to grab some pizza. When I came back out it politely warned me that that was it's spot now."

Gamble told the news outlet that he killed the snake with a shotgun and got rid of the body later that same night.

It is currently peak snake season in Texas. As the spring begins, rattlesnakes emerge from their shelters and begin looking for a mate. There have already been many rattlesnake sightings across the state as the serpents become more active.

The snakes often slither inside people's property when in search of prey. Their diet mainly consists of small rodents, which can be attracted to human areas through garbage and food. Piles of objects within homes can also provide perfect shelter for the snakes.

Experts believe the snakes may even be emerging sooner than usual across the U.S, due to the warming climate. Texas is currently experiencing a drought, which could be drawing the snakes inside while on the lookout for shelter.

The snakes will likely take shelter once again as the temperatures rise in the summer, which could potentially drive them into more homes.