‘Look at this! He’s a big boy! : BC man rescues 6ft snake from shed roof


A sunny day in the British Columbia interior proved quite surprising for two construction workers.

While demolishing a shed in Kelowna, the two found a six-foot snake hiding the rafters.

The two construction workers did not want to be interviewed, but a nearby man who heard their cries of surprise and ended up saving the snake, spoke to Global News.

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« I visit my parents’ house next door, and I heard the two workers on the roof of the garage that they are dismantling », says Kelly Blair.

‘I hear ‘Woah! What is that?! What do we have here? I’m thinking a big hornet’s nest or something. So I shout, ‘What did you find?’ And they say, ‘It’s a snake, and it’s a big one.’

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Blair says he loves all animals, so he came to help.

The rescued snake, in a plastic trash can.

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He climbed the ladder to the dismantled roof of the shed, crossed the beams and did what the two construction workers were unwilling to do: bend down and grab the olive green and black snake.

« It slowly started to move, and as it moved I picked it up, » Blair said, noting that the snake was heading towards him along a truss.

Blair admits he doesn’t know much about snakes, but this one didn’t have a rattle.

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He also said he had handled snakes « once or twice » in the past and had contacted local vets to help find out what type of snake it was.

Contacted later on Tuesday, Blair was told it was believed to be a bull snake, a species native to the area.

When asked if he was shocked at how long it was, Blair said yes, he was surprised.

“People always tend to exaggerate. So when the guy said, ‘Oh, that’s a big snake,’ I was like, ‘Oh yeah, sure.’ And of course it’s big,” Blair said.

In fact, in a cellphone video of him saving the snake, Blair says, “Look at this! He’s a big boy!

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Blair has placed the snake in a large basket, and he’s hoping someone will reach out and help him either move the snake outside or maybe into a reptile sanctuary.

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Neither Blair nor the person renting the house had any idea how long the snake had been in the shed, although the tenant said he found six rats inside.

« Bottom line: I’d like to see the snake end up in an appropriate environment, » Blair said. « I would like to see him survive and thrive. »

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