In what has got to be the most bizarre snake-related encounter in recent history, city workers in Morganton, North Carolina discovered what can only be described as a snake crime scene inside the electrical box at an abandoned house.
The home on East Parker Lane was scheduled for demolition, and when city workers opened the electrical box to disconnect the power, they found two dead snakes locked in a grizzly battle to the death. One snake had slithered into the box and been electrocuted by the live terminals when it bit into a wire, while the other snake had bitten the first snake and, as a result, ended up electrocuted alongside it.
What happened here? Did the first snake bite the wire before it was attacked by the second? Did he perhaps choose to go out in a blaze of glory taking his attacker with him? Was he already dead when the scavenger snake tried to take a chunk out of his tail? We may never know.
The picture was shared on Facebook by the City of Morganton, North Carolina, and has over 16 thousand shares as of this writing. The Morganton News Herald interviewed Electric Services Director Brooks Kirby, who stated that the snakes were not poisonous, and were likely common black snakes. They were both quite large, however, Kirby informed the paper, with one snake at about 3.5 feet long and the other at over six feet long.
Kirby cautioned, “The public needs to be aware that if they can get into an electrical box, they can crawl through any small hole,”.
And with that advice, we should all sleep very soundly.