A Texas man allegedly bit the rattle off a rattlesnake’s tail before releasing it into his neighbor’s RV after a fight.
Police say 39-year-old Ryan Felton Sauter and his neighbor, who live in next-door trailers about 40 miles southeast of Austin, had gotten into a heated argument about a range of topics on June 17. Saunter stormed off and returned a bit later to slip a dismembered poisonous snake into his rival’s trailer.
Sauter’s neighbor, Keith Monroe, asked Sauter why he had gone into his trailer. “He said, ‘You’ll see why,'” Monroe told the Austin American-Statesman. “I was trying to find out what he was talking about.”
When he opened his trailer door, Monroe soon found a 3-foot long rattlesnake curled up on the driver’s side door of his RV. “I freaked out,” Monroe said. “I couldn’t believe this happened.” (RELATED: Teacher Bitten By RATTLESNAKE At Middle School)
Monroe killed the snake with a machete, and when the police arrived, “Deputies observed that the snake’s rattles had been removed,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Sauter told investigators that he used his teeth to remove the rattler from the snake’s tail so his neighbor wouldn’t hear the venomous beast’s warning, ABC 13 reported. Saunter was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and deadly conduct, according to kfor.com.
“I haven’t seen or heard anything like that since the old cowboy days,” Monroe said. “They used to throw a snake in the room with the two gamblers and whoever got bit won.”
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