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Charlotte woman finds massive 'ball of snakes' along greenway

Posted April 18

— A Charlotte woman photographed a massive "ball of snakes" she came across during a walk on the the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

Monday, a photo sent to NBC Charlotte from a viewer displayed what looks like a writhing ball of snakes.

"The first thing I did was take out my phone and take a picture," Christine Proffitt said.

Proffitt was all smiles during the interview, but in the heat of the moment, that wasn't the case.

"I was pretty terrified," Proffitt said.

Christine runs the same path with her dog almost every day. What she saw Monday morning was so unbelievable she just had to snap a snake picture.

"Everyday I see four or five snakes every time, but I've never seen 10 to 20 all balled up like that," Proffitt said. "No one's going to believe if I didn't take a picture. So, pics or it didn't happen."

Animal experts said snake season is heating up, and like the temperatures, sightings are on the rise.

Allen Eckman with A-1 Wildlife Control says it's snake mating season, and this is something that occurs in North Carolina.

"One time under the crawl space it was three copperheads, which are venomous and the other times it was three black snakes," Eckman said.

"Inside someone's home?"

"The three black snakes were in the attic," Eckman said.

Eckman said while most snakes aren't venomous don't get too close.

"Stay away from the sharp end," Eckman said. "Call a professional."


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  • John Lobenstein Apr 19, 2:55 a.m.
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    "...Eckman said while most snakes aren't venomous don't get too close.

    "Stay away from the sharp end," Eckman said. "Call a professional.""

    Isn't the 'sharp' end of a snake its tail?

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 18, 7:12 p.m.
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    Snakes just don't have enough proper places to hang out with their snake buddies, leading to the snorgy (thanks, Scott).

  • Stacie Hagwood Apr 18, 6:42 p.m.
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    Looks like maybe northern water snakes? (non-venomous)

  • Scott Phelps Apr 18, 5:46 p.m.
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    sounds like it was a snorgy (snake orgy).