WEATHERFORD, TX-We'll file this one under wake me up from this nightmare!
Except Vicky Barnett and her family can't escape the slithering sounds of these invaders: Copperheads.
Yeah, we're talking venomous copperhead snakes!
"It is a little nerve wrecking to come out knowing that there are so many of them," said James Barnett.
Their ranch sits near Weatherford and has been in their family for nearly 100 years but now, they're not the only ones calling this place home.
Armed with shot guns, the Barnetts have shot hundreds of snakes all along their property.
"So I started using a shot gun and so I get them with a .410 and it’s a bigger spread of bullets, almost like a shot gun," said Vicky Barnett.
But getting rid of these creepy crawlers isn't that simple! That's where Randall Kennedy with Fort Worth Wildlife comes in, helping them wrangle the venomous snakes by setting traps.
"Everything that we remove, we remove live. We don’t kill anything; we relocate everything that we remove,” Kennedy said.
In the summertime, these snakes hide out during the day and come out at night, looking for food, shelter, and some summer lovin’!
And while having a snake sneak up on you in the dark wouldn't be on anyone's to-do list, these snakes are likely to strike! Copperheads bite more people than any other snake in the U.S.
"I recommend keeping an eye on the copperhead; don’t let it out of your sight. Of course, stay a safe distance and get a professional on the phone to get out there immediately," Kennedy said.
Here's hoping the snakes are hisssstory in time for fall.