Watch a Man Discover a Terrifying Nest of Rattlesnakes Under His Shed

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: December 25, 2022
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A man from Gorman, Texas, shared a video on Facebook in late December, and since then it has gained a lot of attention. When Bobby Cowan found more than 30 rattlesnakes hiding behind a decaying shed on his ranch estate, he was obviously horrified. 

When Bobby and two of his buddies noticed a rattlesnake crawling toward shelter under the old hunting shed. They used a machine to raise the building in search of it as a result, which led to the eerie finding of not just one snake, but a large nest of them!

There are four types of venomous snakes living in Texas, and the rattlesnake is one of them. The weather in Texas warms up sufficiently in late February and the beginning of March for rattlesnakes to emerge and take in the sun. 

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More than 90 distinct kinds of snakes, including 10 different varieties of rattlesnakes, can be found in Texas. If they felt threatened or in danger, any species of Texas rattlesnakes would undoubtedly protect themselves with savage brutality.

There were more than 30 rattlesnakes beneath the shed, according to Cowan, who adds, “We were definitely, what’s the right word, freaked out, maybe.” He went on to say, “Very, very surprised. As soon as we lifted up the building, we slammed it right back down because there were so many of them.” 

The men made the decision to raise the shed once again, which gave Matt Stanley, a friend of Cowan’s, the opportunity to film the snakes in terrifying detail. The rattlesnakes were then moved to a different area of Cowan’s land that was away from any cattle by the three friends using long sticks and garbage cans.

“We knew we weren’t in that much danger if we didn’t get too close, and so then we were able to look at them.” Thankfully no snakes or cowboys were harmed in the relocation of the slithering serpents. 

One way to keep rattlers out of your yard is to build a fence. A snake-proof fence has to be at least 3 feet tall, with the bottom section buried three inches or more. Gates should reach the ground and have no openings on the sides. Even superior are concrete slabs positioned beneath the gate.

If you’re not sure that a snake is a safe species, stay away from it. If you notice the warning rattle, leave the area without making any abrupt or threatening moves in the snake’s direction. Keep in mind that rattlesnakes don’t always rattle before biting and that they’d rather run than fight.

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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