A Florida man suspected there were rats in his family's attic but made a far more surprising discovery - a boa constrictor had been living in the home for years.
The homeowner believes the snake was once someone's pet and got into the house thanks to a branch from a tree that hung near the home.
Bob van der Herchen told WFLA that his son became suspicious over the past few months and wanted to investigate.
"He used to complain he'd hear sounds in the attic", van der Herchen said. "I didn't think much of it".
His son, however, was convinced it was a snake. "I thought maybe it was rats", van der Herchen said.
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According to van der Herchen, the snake's cozy resting spot was right above the chair his wife sat in. "My son said he heard sounds in the attic", van der Herchen said.
He managed to remove the snake and found shed snakeskin, indicating that it might have been up there for about four years.
After a two-hour search, Lampert located the snake and removed it, discovering it was not a rattlesnake but a Columbian red tail boa constrictor.
Boa constrictors' average lifespan is 20 to 30 years, according to National Geographic, and can grow up to 13 feet long and weigh 100 pounds.
The snake trapper is now looking to find a more suitable home for the boa.