5-foot rattlesnake causes stir at Middle Tennessee motel

5 foot rattlesnake was spotted on the driveaway of a Super 8 Motel in Dickson County (Courtesy: Vince Patel)

DICKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – An unexpected visitor tried to check into a Tennessee hotel.

Tuesday, Vince Patel, the manager of a Super 8 Motel in Dickson spotted a five-foot rattlesnake in the driveaway. Patel called animal control after hearing the venomous snake’s rattle.

The rattlesnake was transferred to a bucket and taken to the Dickson-Humphreys County line (Dickson Police Department)
The rattlesnake was transferred to a bucket and taken to the Dickson-Humphreys County line (Dickson Police Department)

“Am I dreaming? It’s like something out of a movie,” said Patel. “I was debating whether to open the door and go outside.”

The snake was captured by animal control, transferred to a bucket and taken to a remote location.

Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency said it is illegal to kill a snake in Tennessee. If you encounter one, the best policy is to leave it alone. Otherwise, call an animal control expert.

Venomous snakes in Tennessee

All of the venomous snakes native to Tennessee belong to a family of snakes called pit vipers, because they have a specialized heat sensing pit on the front of their heads. There are four species of pit vipers in Tennessee: Copperhead, Western Cottonmouth, Timber Rattlesnake and the Western Pigmy Rattlesnake.

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