Snakes slither into Courthouse

Published On: Apr 25 2013 09:13:44 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 25 2013 03:23:29 AM HST
JACKSON, Miss. -

As most courthouses have, the Hinds Mississippi County Courthouse has had some unwelcome visitors.

County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn said employees at the courthouse are feeling rattled after dealing with snakes slithering in to their paperwork, causing a major disruption in the basement.

"I am personally scared to death of a snake," said Dunn.

Dunn said she's scared to be alone in some parts of the offices after employees discovered five snakes in the past two weeks.

"I said, 'What's going on?' 'There's a snake.' And I said, 'Just back off,'" said Dunn. "Now, you were saying, there's only one good type of snake -- a dead snake."

Employees said most of the snakes have been here in their filing system, and they said they found two of them dead on the tracks.

"When you're in your workplace and something slides across the floor, it's not exactly comforting," said Deputy Circuit Clerk Kelly Phillips.

The employees trapped some snakes with sticky paper, and then called snake educator Percy King, who has no problem handling the animals.

"They're waking up. They're coming out, they're looking for food. They're hungry, so I don’t think the ladies at the courthouse have anything to worry about," said King.

King said more people can expect to see snakes up and about this time of year.

"(They're) in your yard, in your flower bed," said King.

Resident Jackie Nash found one in her yard and called Animal Control.

"Last night, I saw the snake laying here. Part of it was on the ground and the other part was going up in the wall. If I see them in advance, then it's OK, but I don’t like for them to sneak up on me," said Nash.

Employees at the courthouse are hoping they've caught all of the snakes, but they are keeping an eye out for others.


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