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Heatwave: Woman bit by snake that was colling off at her door

The heatwave is bringing out wildlife, including snakes. In search of shade or a cool place to relax, it’s not uncommon that a snake could end up in or around your house.

For one local woman, that’s exactly what happened. She found it hanging in a wreath on her door. Because her door opens inward, she came face to face with it.

She says everything after that happened so fast.




“I was just yelling,” says Kenley Thomas. “I said ‘It’s a snake.’”

Thomas was heading back inside after putting her trashcans away when the 3-foot snake caught her eye.

The sound of her screams alerted her mother, Mara Jo.



Thomas says she ran out the door, and the next thing she knew she was bitten. “It bit me before I ever saw it, but I knew instantly that it did bite me,” she says.

Mara Jo raced Kenley to the hospital, because she didn’t know if the snake was venomous.

Sgt. Daniel Richardson with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife says the probability of getting bitten by a venomous snake in western Kentucky is not that likely.

“It’s not a lot like what people think, especially for as many people access the public areas that we have, like Land Between the Lakes and the rivers,” Richardson says.

Mara Jo says they only see one to two snakes a year hiding on their property, but never this close.

“The heat, and the landscaping, just a combination, it was probably just trying to find somewhere cool to hide out,” Mara Jo says.

Richardson says that’s common for snakes in the heat.