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JONES CO. TX (CBSDFW.COM) —  For those of you wondering if this is an urban legend, the question has been answered. A Jones County, TX family experienced a nightmare come true when a rattlesnake slithered up inside their toilet last week according to KTAB-TV in Abilene.

Big Country Snake Removal says the family contacted them after finding the adult snake in their toilet.

When officials arrived on scene, the company investigated the property and found twenty-four rattlesnakes total in the family’s storm cellar and under the house. Five were babies and the rest were adults.

“A lot of snakes right now, especially western diamond backs are in their communal hibernaculum,” said Nathan Hawkins of Big Country Snake Removal. “So if you can find one you can usually find the entire problem in close proximity to one another,” he continued.

The snake that crawled up the toilet was able to get inside through a relief pipe that Big Country Snake Removal later sealed.

The family hadn’t seen a snake on their property for years and had no idea the rattlesnakes were living under their home and in their cellar, according to Big Country Snake Removal.

The company says this is possible because, “rattlesnakes are secretive and can be very cryptic – They rely heavily on their camouflage. This is simply how they survive. Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there.”

And now you know what a “communal hibernaculum” is… sort of.

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