Florida resident Bob van der Herchen’s wife and son were always complaining about a constant noise coming from their attic.Screenshot/WFLA
No, it wasn’t a ghost, but van der Herchen did initially chalk the sounds up to rats scurrying around in the insulation:
“Probably over the last couple of years, my wife said she heard sounds in the attic. My son said he heard sounds in the attic. I didn’t think much of it. I thought maybe it was rats.”
His son believed the sound was something entirely different. According to WFLA, van der Herchen’s son had a feeling it was a snake living in their attic … and he was right.Screenshot/WFLA
After years of hearing the noise, van der Herchen started looking for the reason behind it. It didn’t take him long to find the six-foot-long boa constrictor that was living just above their heads.
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He told WFLA that when he first discovered the snake, it took the reptile a full three minutes to slither past him — that’s how big it was.Screenshot/WFLA
In fact, van der Herchen said it was much bigger than he could have ever expected. Even more:
“It was actually bunking in the rafter space right above the chair where my wife sits.”
According to the snake wrangler who removed the boa constrictor, it had probably been living in their attic for two to four years based on the shed skin that was found.
Van der Herchen admitted that he would have much rather found rats in his attic, but he’s thankful that the boa constrictor is now being placed in a more suitable living situation.
Thankfully, no one was harmed.