ARRINGTON, Tenn. - Michelle Huss still can’t understand how she didn’t crash her Chrysler minivan on Wednesday when a six-foot-long chicken snake came crawling across her leg during her trip to the town dump.
The young mother and nurse lives on 30 sprawling acres in Rutherford County and is use to seeing snakes but not inside her car.
This is Michelle. This is the six foot chicken snake that slithered across her floorboard yesterday. Somehow she didn’t crash her car. Bravo Michelle, bravo. pic.twitter.com/7xj0fou7oE— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) June 21, 2018
“It was going around my heel and my ankle and was slithering across my foot. I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to get bit, I’m going to get bit,’” Michelle recalls.
Panic quickly washed over her, Michelle initially thought the massive reptile trying to wrap itself around her leg was a rattle snake. Somehow she managed to quickly pull over her minivan at the intersection of Almaville Road and Burn Knox Road, where she jumped out and began looking for the snake.
“I knew I needed to step on the brake but if I put press on the pedal, it was going to bite me so I just slowly put my foot down thinking 'it’s going to bite me,'" she said.
Then the snake disappeared into her floor board.
“I have no idea where it is,” Michelle recalled.
Eventually, she managed to call 911. Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy Jared Keith eventually arrived to help wrangle the snake in and place it in the back of his patrol car.
But then it got loose again.
“He had to catch it again,” she added.
Michelle thinks the snake was hiding in a box of old Styrofoam she had placed into the back of her van before her trip to the dump. That box had been sitting outside of her house for a few days, which is how the snake likely managed to hitch its free ride.
Deputy Keith later released the snake in a nearby field.
“I guess just check your stuff before you take it to the dump.”
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