HUGHES SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) - A Hughes Springs woman will be checking her vehicle twice before getting in after finding a snake hiding in the lining of her truck door.
Monday afternoon, Teresa Dalby was getting into the family truck when she came face-to-face with a snake.
"I opened the door and it moved and the next thing I knew I was standing way back," she said. The snake was hidden in the rubber lining of the bumper between the door and the frame of the car.
Dalby lives in the country and said she's accustomed to checking for snakes under her feet, but not in her car.
"I always look down .. but I don't expect to see them at eye level," she said.
Dalby says she later learned the snake was a Texas Ratsnake.
"Which is actually a good snake, but it didn't matter at the time," Dalby said, adding that she estimates the snake was about 20 inches long.
Dalby's husband was out of town on a fishing trip and unable to remove the animal so she tried her son.
"Well he couldn't come so I called some other friends and they didn't want to come," she said. She eventually contacted Morris County Sheriff's Office who sent a deputy to remove the snake.
Dalby snapped a photo and posted the picture Facebook on Tuesday. Since then, the image has received more than 2,800 shares.
While she's glad people are enjoying sharing the photo and her encounter, she doesn't seem anxious to repeat the experience.
"Now I open all four doors of the vehicle before I've got to get in," she says with a chuckle.