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Snakes turning up in odd places in Middle Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

While it's no secret there are a lot of snakes throughout the woods and hills of Middle Tennessee, you may not expect to find them inside your backyard grill. But that's what happened to one Nashville woman.

When she found a long snake skin near her grill, she called in some experts.

"More than 95 percent of the calls are going to be a non-venomous type of snake. So when we get the call, 'Hey, I've got a rattlesnake in my backyard,' and we have to let them know, 'Hey, it's probably not a rattlesnake,'" said Carl DeSha, wildlife specialist with Animal Pro's.

Only, this time, it was.

"Immediately, we knew, OK, this is the real. This is the real deal," DeSha said.

Although snakes are common throughout the state, animal catchers like DeSha and his partner Nathan Agee, say finding rattlesnakes so close to a home is not the norm.

"As my partner Nathan was about to put the cover back on the top, he looked in the bottom and there was a pretty big rattlesnake right there," DeSha said.

And as they got things under control again, lurking right behind them was a gray rat snake, plus yet another surprise.

"We were going to put the cover back on the grill, and decided to take one more look in there to make sure there was nothing else in there. And there was another head sticking out," Agee said.

Snakes are generally on the move this time of year, looking for a place to mate and hide out. In the last few weeks, the poison center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has treated multiple patients with potentially deadly bites.

"You don't want to cut, and you don't want to suck and you don't want to put a tourniquet on. What you want to do is get to the hospital and seek medical care," said Dr. Donna Seger, executive director of the Tennessee Poison Center.

Experts say if you've been bitten by a snake, putting a tourniquet around the bite can actually make it worse. Poison specialists say there's really nothing you can do to help a bite before actually going to the hospital.

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