Sometimes attics hold treasures, but for one Florida couple their discovery was a slithery nightmare. Bob and Linda Van der Herchen found a six foot boa constrictor living in their Englewood home.
The couple had been bothered by attic noises for years. Assuming that the occasional rustling was the result of rats, they got around to the extermination process a few weeks ago. However, it wasn’t rodents making those strange sounds, it was a gigantic poisonous snake. Apparently, it found a wonderfully warm, protected habitat in the couple’s home.
Linda contacted animal control immediately, posting on her Facebook page, “Remember the other day when my neighbors called animal control about a snake? It is in our attic. Animal control hurry up and get here. Holy toledo!”
However, the snaky discovery isn’t the first time that a renegade reptile has invaded a home. According to animal control experts, snakes often create lairs in attics. They nest there because it also houses a ready source of mice and rats.
On occasion, people find real treasure in the neglected portion of their house. A 10-year-old boy in Germany discovered a mummy in his grandmother’s house. Apparently, his grandfather had purchased the sarcophagus (with mummy inside) during a trip to North Africa in the 1950’s.
The man was cheated though, tests showed that the material was made by a machine. The skull did show foul play, so investigators are running further tests.
The Milwaukee Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called in to remove one homeowner’s attic find in 2014. Four live grenades were discovered. Authorities detonated the liver artillery in a remote area of the town.
Four years ago, an unknown masterpieces painted by Vincent Van Gogh was discovered in a Norwegian man’s attic. The painting, The Sunset At Montmajour, was stored for 100 years, and owners who contacted experts about it in 1991 were told that it was fake. However, new technology and chemical analysis have deemed it authentic and the priceless treasure is now accredited.
Another man found a priceless Fabergé figurine in his upstate New York home. A plain wooden box housed the treasure that was originally commissioned by Czar Nicholas II for his wife, Empress Alexandra.
The figure is like all Fabergé jewel work, exquisite. The Czar commissioned 50 pieces in 1912, just a few years before his family was slaughtered in the Russian Revolution. It originally sold for $2,250, but after a 15 minute auction, it was purchased for $5.2 million. Definitely a find worth discovering.
The Florida couple’s story was not that happy. They were told by animal control to turn on their dryer so that the boa constrictor would be attracted to the heat. Linda posted her response to her friends on social media, asking if the attic wasn’t hot enough.
The next day, she reported that an officer had refused to try to remove the snake because “he didn’t feel comfortable.” Originally, officials thought the rouge reptile was a rattlesnake. The couple was skeptical of that because of the lack of rattle, but they were also uncomfortable trying to remove it.
Bob courageously filmed video of the intruder using a selfie stick. He told reporters, “It took three and a half minutes for the snake to move into that rafter space. It was longer than I expected!”
Four days after the initial discovery, snake catcher Mark Lampart came to the house. He worked for hours capturing the boa constrictor and finally succeeded.
The trapper told the couple that the snake, possibly a released pet, most likely entered the home by climbing up a tree. It could have been in the attic for as long as four years. “It was actually bunking in the rafter space right above the Florida room chair where my wife sits,” Bob said, adding, “Only in Florida!”
Mr. Lambert has decided to keep the snake as a pet.