Ray Childs found a surprise Sunday morning while cleaning the backyard of his home on Alley Avenue in Rochelle.
Childs found a snake stretched out on his lawn.
He said it was 8 feet long.
UPDATE: Jason Clark at Southeastern Reptile Rescue identified the snake as a plain bellied water snake. It's harmless and a protected species in Georgia. Killing one could net a $1,000 fine or a year in jail.
Childs' niece, Selina Wallace told 13WMAZ the snake didn't attack anyone. Childs was able to kill the snake using a stick that had a nail attached to it.
After he missed the snake's head on the first swing, the snake moved a little bit, but Childs was able to kill it on the second try. Childs then burned the snake and removed it from his yard.
Wallace sent us these two pictures of the snake. She says the family was surprised because they live in a residential neighborhood in Rochelle.
Clark said anytime pictures of dead snakes are taken and draped on a stick, it makes them look bigger than they actually are.
Clark said he'd be surprised if the snake was any larger than 4 feet.
Anyone who finds a snake in their yard is encouraged to text a picture of it to Southeastern Reptile Rescue at 404-557-2470 for a response on what type of snake it is and how they should proceed with disposing of it.
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