Over the years, images of snakes eating strange things have appeared across the internet. And they’re usually worth the viral status that they attain. For example, a few weeks ago, several villagers found a snake that was so full, it appeared to have eaten an entire cow or goat. But when they sliced it open, they saw that it was a mother snake filled to the brim with eggs. There was also a report of a large constrictor snake devouring an antelope whole – and we shared the video footage to prove it.
But this is a first. One western rat snake, that a family used to catch rodents living outside a chicken coop found an interesting item for dinner. Apparently, the Missouri family that uses the snake to catch the vermin, found it on the ground with something strange protruding from its stomach.
It didn’t take them long to realize what it had eaten – but when they learned the truth, they rushed the snake to the animal hospital for emergency surgery. Why? Because the reptile had eaten a doorknob after mistaking it for a chicken egg.
Check out the X-ray images below and learn more about the fate of this unlucky snake!
Because rodents had been spotted in the family’s Ballwin, Missouri garden, they decided to use a snake to catch the pests. But in addition to that, they had also placed an old white doorknob on the ground as a “dummy egg”, which was designed to encourage the egg-laying hens to do their job.
But the dummy egg was apparently too good. The snake devoured it thinking it was an egg. The family found their pet snake sprawled out on the ground with the weird protrusion coming from its belly. They quickly rushed to snake to the animal hospital.
While there, incredible x-ray images showed the white outline of the doorknob among the snake’s many vertebrae. It was lodged halfway down the long body of the reptile.
Surgeons got to work. They needed to get the hunk of metal out of the snake’s stomach. The family needed him back on the property so he could continue catching rats.
The snake has since been nicknamed “Doorknob.”
Kim Rutledge from the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Ballwin, Missouri, said: “The family would “employ” him to catch rodents from their chicken coop.”
The snake needed to recover for several months. His six-inch wound from the surgery took a while a to heal.
Because the family needed the snake to work for them, they kept encouraging him to return to the garden. But he was too weak. He needed rest. Eventually, he healed and was ready to get back to rat hunting.
Rutledge added: “We don’t name our wildlife patients, but everyone just called him “Doorknob”. He was a super cool, well-mannered snake over six feet long. It’s a great story from beginning to end.”