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Searchers: Giant snake may be in neighbor's shed

Wildlife specialists take a break from searching for the Heathwood snake. Wildlife specialists take a break from searching for the Heathwood snake.
The snake. (Source: Andrew Philson) The snake. (Source: Andrew Philson)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Wildlife specialists believe they know where the now in-famous Heathwood snake may be taking up residence.

Three employees of Wildlife Solutions spent several hours near the home of Andrew Philson looking for the large snake that took him by surprise on Tuesday.

Specialists from all over have an interest in this elusive serpent. "Our snake biologist that works with us, he works in Jacksonville, says he's close with a couple scientists down there, and they're like: 'Yeah, that's a black rat snake and that will be the largest one on record, and we want it. Bring it here please!'" said Leigh Ann Williams of Wildlife Solutions.

After combing Philson's yard and surrounding properties, the snake hunters found what they believe is evidence that the snake may be living in the roof of a neighbor's shed. Searchers were not able to get permission to search the shed on Thursday because the homeowners were not home.

They planned to go back out to the neighborhood on Friday to take another run at the neighbors and look for the snake. 

Philson believes the snake is 10-15 feet long. State wildlife officials say it is a rat snake, but Philson says it's some type of Python. Rat snakes usually only grow to 6-8 feet in length.

After several days in the national spotlight, Philson is finding humor in his discovery. "I gotta smile about it," said Philson. "I'm not panicking trying to run and hide in my house and barricading myself. There's some humor in this."

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