TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - It was Christmas in July for one East Texan, but this homeowner didn't exactly have Santa Claus coming down his chimney. Instead, it was a six-foot long snake.
It all started with a strange noise.
At first, Gary Antley said he brushed it off, but hours later, he ran into a scaly, home invader.
"I kind of rounded the corner, and I was like, 'Oh there's a snake on TV,'" Antley said. "And, I kind of shuddered a little bit and was like the TV's off and that's not the TV."
The six-foot-long, rat snake was caught behind Antley's glass fireplace cover.
"I go past panic into this unknown realm," Antley said. "And, it's like, 'What do I do?'"
It's at this point that Antley grabbed a pair of cooking tongs and a plastic bucket.
His daughter helpfully videoed the whole process.
"I get him out of there, and, I don't know why, I kind of held him up as I drug him out," Antley said. "Then, he slipped."
Antley said he quickly pinned the escaping snake down with a fire shovel, picked it up with the tongs again, and trapped it in the bucket.
"That's when I decided to go ahead and let the scream out," Antley said.
Even though Antley definitely wasn't a fan of the snake, he said he released the animal into a wooded area. Far away from his home, of course.
"I don't think he was too happy with me, but he knew he was better off," Antley said. "And, he looked at me with attitude for a little bit, and then he finally turned and went off the side of the road, into the woods."
Antley added that in the 18 years of living in his home in Trinity County, he's never had an animal scare like this before.