Man With Healthy Fear of Snakes ‘Screamed Like a Little Girl’ When Confronted by Rattler

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A Michigan man told the Detroit Free Press he “screamed like a little girl” when he encountered what he thought was a rattlesnake in his garage. Although at first, it may sound funny, truth be told that Bob Kakaley has a healthy fear of snakes, and believing what he saw was an eastern massasauga rattlesnake, (the only venomous snake that is native to the state), the Brighton Township man wasn’t entirely thrilled it found its way into his garage.

On Wednesday, August 9, Kakaley explained that he came home from work at approximately 3:30 p.m., and as per the usual, he opened the garage door in order to walk through and enter his home. Just a little while later, he left his garage door open when he left the house to go to the local Kroger and fill a list his wife Carolyn had prepared. Upon returning home, he started to stack cases of soda he had bought in its usual spot in the garage when he was greeted by the unwanted creature. In his interview, he explained, “All of a sudden, this thing started rattling at me,” noting that it had coiled up roughly six inches from his hand and had its head raised up, “like a cobra would.”

Man With Healthy Fear of Snakes ‘Screamed Like a Little Girl’ When Confronted by Rattler

Photo: Facebook/National Wildlife Association


“I screamed like a little girl and ran to the front door and started pounding on it,” said Kakaley. “My wife inside, she thought I fell or something because she heard me scream. Yeah, I don’t like snakes,” he said, laughing. The couple went inside and began looking online for instructions or direction, and then they called 9-1-1. Christopher McIntosh was the Michigan State Police Trooper who responded to the call. After making a few calls himself, he determined he would have to take the matter into his own hands. Kakaley explained that the trooper used an old box from the garage to push the snake against a wall and allow it room to slither in, then he pulled a pillowcase over its top in order to keep the snake from getting out. The trooper said he would release it away from their residential area, noting that a marshy spot, which is prime habitat for the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, separates the Kakaley’s property from U.S.-23.

Man With Healthy Fear of Snakes ‘Screamed Like a Little Girl’ When Confronted by Rattler

Photo: Facebook/Snakes

“He asked me if I wanted my box or my pillow case back,” Kakaley explained. “I said ‘Nope, you can keep them.’ He was an awesome cop. He handled the situation quite well.” The Michigan Department of Natural Resources website identifies that the eastern massasauga rattlesnake makes its home throughout the lower peninsula of the state, but tries to avoid human interaction and confrontation. Therefore, they’re rarely seen and seldom heard (until Kakaley’s incident!) Not disposed to strike unless confronted by what they believe to be a possible predator, these snakes have a potent venom and short fans that can easily puncture skin. Their species received federal protection through the Endangered Species Act in September 2016, as one that is now considered threatened, which is, of course, the complete opposite for such snakes in Texas. We probably won’t be seeing Kakaley at next year’s Sweetwater rattlesnake roundup!


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