Girl finds 18 snakes underneath her mattress in Augusta, Georgia mattress

One woman was scared of “shirtless” after finding 18 snakes under her bed in Georgia.

Trish Wilcher was going to sleep in her house in Augusta on Sunday when she noticed something strange.

“I discovered what I thought was a piece of fluff on the floor, reached for it and it moved,” Wilcher told WJBF.

She said a second later another piece was moving and she went to her husband to let him know they have snakes.

The family learned that they had 17 recently hatched babies and a mother snake as guests in their home.

Her husband, Max Wilcher, used a grasping tool to put her in a burlap sack before taking her to a nearby stream and releasing it.

“I’m still not sure that was the last of these things. Trish said in a Facebook post.

Daniel Sollenberger, a biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said it was not uncommon for snakes to enter homes.

“Because they’re small, they can sometimes get into tiny cracks and sometimes end up in houses and garages,” he said.

They are also hard to spot because they don’t smell or make a lot of noise.

“There is a myth that snakes smell like cucumbers, but unfortunately they don’t smell that good,” said Sollenberger. Musky, really unpleasant smell. “

Sollenberger said weather doors can help keep the reptiles out. If they get inside, killing them in Georgia is usually not an option – non-venomous snakes are protected by state law, and it is illegal to kill them.

“Most of the snakes you would see in your home, and most of the snakes you would see in general, are non-toxic and protected,” he said.

The Wilchers informed the WFBJ that they had called a wildlife catcher and learned that they had garter snakes in their home, but no more were found.

“I have trouble moving around the house, much less sitting down anywhere !!!” Trish said that in a Facebook post on Monday. “After that I might need a cardiologist !!!”

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