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I was reading a story online, earlier today.  It was one of those “click-bait” pieces of entertainment fluff, designed not so much to inform, as to shock.  The story took place in the charming little town of Buffalo Gap, TX.  A young family was preparing for breakfast, and their small son went to the bathroom.  As he raised the lid of the toilet, to his surprise, he found a 3-foot western diamondback rattlesnake curled in the cool water of the basin. 

Now, we’ve all heard terrifying urban legends about snakes in toilets.  The internet is ripe with them.  In this case, the snake isn’t the story.  The real story is about the man who dealt with the situation.  He was a park ranger, specialized in the capture of dangerous snakes.  He came to the home, caught the snake from the toilet (it hadn’t moved), and prepared to leave and relocate the animal.

Here is the part where the story took a turn, and ultimately, prompted my sharing this, today.

The ranger pondered about the different ways the animal could have come into the house; specifically, through the plumbing.  He came to the conclusion that the snake found a hole in one of the plumbing pipes in the crawl space of the home. 

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