Rattlesnake caught in trash can in Virginia neighborhood

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WSET) -- A rattlesnake caused quite to issue after it was spotted in a Virginia resident's yard.

Neighbors gathered in a Chesapeake yard to watch as professionals tried to wrangle the snake that had been caught in a trash can and it was all caught on camera, WVEC reports.

"I thought his bucket was too small,” Mark Marchetti, who filmed the incident, told WVEC. “Kind of reminded me of ‘Jaws’ when they said, 'We need a bigger boat'.”

It took about an hour for officials to arrive to the scene, but neighbors were able to trap it in the meantime.

"He came around the bush and around the corner of the house and they kept the shovels out here so he wouldn't come out farther," said Marchetti.

The intruder was a canebrake snake, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The snake expert eventually got there and took the four-and-a-half-foot long snake away.

The canebrake snake is venomous and only found in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

"As with any wildlife, we don't recommend people try to handle them or antagonize them, but they are very docile snakes," Pete Acker, southeastern Virginia’s wildlife biologist for the agency told WVEC.

Acker said sightings of the rattlesnake may be more common in and around Virginia Beach and Chesapeake because it is currently breeding season.

"They can turn up in new places or more frequently places where they aren't commonly seen," said Acker.

Marchetti said it was he and his neighbor's instinct to trap the snake and not kill it because canebrake's are a protected species.

If you ever come across a snake on your property it's best to call animal control to take care of it.

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