Watch a 5-Foot Long 'Absolutely' Venomous Rattlesnake Be Removed From Beneath Texas Family's Home

A five-foot long Western Diamondback Rattlesnake was recently removed from underneath a home in New Braunfels, Texas, and there's a viral video to prove it.

The snake was caught—with tongs and also on a GoPro camera—by Brett Parker, who runs Hill Country Snake Removal, a Canyon Lake-based snake removal business. In the video, which was recently shared on Hill Country Snake Removal's Facebook page, Parker uses a tool to grab the snake's body, and a hook to safely lift the snake into a plastic container.

"Received a call after a homeowner saw this 'little' guy going underneath their home in New Braunfels, Tx this morning," Parker wrote alongside the video. "Luckily he was still there by the time I got there. As always if you would like a property inspection or removal give me a shout."

"YOU ARE ONE BRAVE SOUL!" commented one Facebook user. Another chimed in with, "Dang. That is a serious snake."

Speaking to San Antonio Express-News, Parker said the snake was "absolutely" venomous, and described the house's call as "fairly usual."

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A rattlesnake is seen before extracting venom from it at the Butantan Institue -which supplies the Ministry of Health, with many snakes' venom for its ditribution countrywide- in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 12, 2019. CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images

San Antonio Express-News reported that Parker gets about two calls a week to remove the slithering creatures, and that he's been wrangling snakes since the age of 5.

"I think people get complacent living in Texas," Parker added. "They don't realize that when they build a home in a new neighborhood, that when they start construction, they're destroying the snake's habitat."

Snakes try to find cool areas underneath homes or underground during the summer months to escape the sun. Parker spoke to My Canyon Lake in June, and shared some tips for folks during the snake summer season. He suggested that people pay attention to where they walk after dark. "You won't always hear a rattle," he said. "Their first line of defense is to quietly stay still."

If people spot a snake in their garden, Parker recommended spraying them with a garden hose (unless there's a drought). The pressure from the hose should startle snakes and get them to slither along.

The snake handler also advises people on how to manage reptiles on their property. Folks who have gardens that are lush with water and shade are likely to attract these reptiles. "I look at their property and explain what attracts snakes and things they can do if it's landscaping issues or whatnot," Parker explained to My Canyon Lake. "Things they need to fix."

Parker believes that if people actually learn more about snakes, then they'll be less afraid of them, not more. In 2019, ahead of a master class he offers at a Texas library, he said, "[People] either scream and run away, or they're going to try to kill the snake or get somebody to kill the snake because they've been taught their entire lives that snakes are bad."