Snake’s alive! Rattlesnake found outside Blacksburg Kroger
Shoppers in Blacksburg were startled as a rattlesnake made its way across the Kroger parking lot at Gables Shopping Center Monday afternoon.
The snake was spotted slithering towards the store around 4:30 p.m. Management called the Blacksburg Police to remove it.
Police kept the rattlesnake under a shopping basket as onlookers crowded around to take pictures. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries came to retrieve the snake shortly after.
According Game and Inland Fisheries employee Derek Wheaton, the rattlesnake was abnormally far from home.
“They normally stay up in the mountains, the rocky outcrops, that kind of habitat,” Wheaton said. “Nothing around here is really like what they would want.”
Mike Pinder, also from the department, said the rattlesnake could’ve gotten off course as it was moving. He also mentioned the possibility that it could’ve belonged to someone as a pet.
“This is really odd that it would ever be here,” Pinder said. “It’s super unusual for the species.”
Wheaton and Pinder took the rattlesnake for measurements before returning it to its natural habitat.
– By Calvin Pynn