If you hate snakes this will give you nightmares.
Take a look at the enormous timber rattlesnake found in Rob Freeman’s backyard in Cheatham County, Tennessee.
His wife and son were playing in the yard right before the venomous monster showed up. It measured 6 1/2 feet long, and he says the snake had just eaten a squirrel.
Freeman decided he had to kill the snake, but he first called the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to make sure it was okay.
Timber rattle snakes are endangered across the US, and in Tennessee, it is illegal to harm or remove them from the wild without the proper permits, unless the snake is a threat to you, your family or your animals.
Freeman said this one was a threat, and the wildlife agency agreed.
According to the Tennessee Herpetology Society, timber rattle snakes live all over Tennessee. They are most active from mid-March to mid-October and tend to eat small animals like rodents.