Harahan police capture 7-foot rattlesnake

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Harahan Police Department

HARAHAN, La. (WDSU) –

Harahan police are trying to figure out how a 7-foot rattlesnake got into a family’s backyard.

The wild and dangerous animal was captured Tuesday afternoon.

Police said a neighbor told them that the snake may have gotten under his car and stayed there while he was driving in from Texas.

Police are investigating to see if that happened.

Assistant Chief Keith Moody captured the snake before animal control arrived.

“It was rattling and striking at the noose when I was trying to get it around the body of the snake,” Moody said. “A child or pet could have came across it and stepped on it. Obviously, children are very curious to see what these animals are. It could have been a deadly encounter.”

Jefferson Parish leaders said the snake was released into the wild far from the public in the Barataria Preserve Woods area.

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