Rattlesnake in backpack being investigated in New Braunfels

Students find snake at bus stop

Author: Justin Horne, Meteorologist/Reporter, jhorne@ksat.com
Published On: Apr 10 2013 05:41:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 10 2013 05:16:43 PM CDT
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -

Some students in New Braunfels getting ready for school found a mysterious backpack while waiting for their bus in the Quail Valley neighborhood.

Inside the mysterious backpack was a three-foot Western diamondback rattlesnake, a venomous snake commonly found in South Texas.

Police are trying to determine how the snake ended up there.

"I've been here a long time and I've had a lot of rattlesnakes come in, and this is the first one that appeared after having been found in a backpack," said snake expert Jarrod Forthman of the Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels.

Forthman, who has possession of the snake said he doubts the slithery creature would find its way into the backpack.

"Very few snakes are going to be found out in that kind of weather," said Forthman, who was referring to the cold morning when the snake was found.

However, with spring and its warmer temperatures comes the start of snake season in Texas.

"This is the time that people do see a lot of snakes," added Forthman.

As police investigate the incident, officials are thankful that a potentially harmful situation was avoided.

"If a hand was to go into the backpack, there's no doubt in my mind someone would have gotten bit," said Forthman.

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