Home Depot staff rattled by snake capture in Spring Hill store


Home Depot staff rattled by snake capture in Spring Hill store

The staff of the Home Depot on Columbia Pike in Spring Hill had a bit of a scare recently when an associate came upon a rattlesnake lurking in the store’s outside garden area.

The staff of the Home Depot on Columbia Pike in Spring Hill had a bit of a scare recently when an associate came upon a rattlesnake lurking in the store’s outside garden area.

Store manager T.J. Thompson said it was fortunate the discovery was made near closing time on Aug. 5 when very few customers were around. The store includes a partially enclosed garden area on the building’s north end which lies very near some recently cleared fields. Thompson thinks that activity explains the snake’s sudden interest in “home improvement.”

“Last week we had an associate in the evening who had found a snake in the outside garden area,” Thompson said.

“We quickly shut off that whole area, and were preparing to close the whole store anyway as usual. Then we called animal control and they were able to clamp it down with a tool they use for snake captures. They determined it was a timber rattler.”

Animal control workers with Animal Pros Pest Control informed Thompson that timber rattlesnakes are indeed native to Tennessee, although they are not too common to the Spring Hill area.

“But I was told we are in the timber rattlers’ mating season, so it is not unheard of to see their kind in this area. It would make sense for him to be unsettled also because we have fields right near the store that were just cleared, and the animal control workers seemed to think that could be related to it.”

The snake was not harmed in the capture, and the Animal Pros told Thompson it would be released somewhere it would be “much happier.”

“I’m not sure exactly where they go to release rattlesnakes, but he’ll be much happier there than he was inside a home improvement warehouse,” Thompson said.

The animal control workers took the trouble to attach a camera to their capture tool when catching the rattler, and posted a video of the moment to their website.

Adam Warden, the Animal Pros employee who performed the actual retrieval of the rattlesnake, could not be reached Thursday for comment. Animal Pros Wildlife Control serves both homes and businesses with wildlife control and animal removal.

To learn more about Animal Pros, visit www.animalprosonline.com.

Staff writer Greg Jinkerson covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Contact him at greg@springhillhomepage.com or follow him on Twitter @springhillhmpg.

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