Two families, one living in North Carolina and the other from Idaho, were in for a fright when they spotted snakes slithering through the branches of their newly decorated Christmas trees.
The Baine family, of Zebulon, North Carolina, got a big surprise when their daughter went to turn off the Christmas tree lights and saw a small corn snake hanging from a tree limb.
Mrs. Baine grabbed her iPhone and begin filming as her husband sent the children off to bed and grabbed a sack to capture the serpent who had made his home within the branches of the tree. The Baine family has posted the video on YouTube where it is receiving thousands of views.
After catching the little fellow the kids were so enamored with him they decided to keep it and named him Tinsel, since he resembled the holiday decoration that adorns Christmas trees.
The slithery start to the 2011 holiday season stretched across the country to Meridian, Idaho, where another family called the fire department after finding a snake in their recently purchased tree.
Josh Schmidtz told KIVI-TV, "I thought our daughter put a plastic snake in the tree because I don't like them. When I saw it was real, I panicked."
Crickett Rudd, Horticulturist at the FarWest Landscape and Garden in Boise, told KIVI-TV, "that sometimes on rare occasions little critters and animals can get inside the wrapped Christmas trees, during the delivery process to try to stay warm."
Rudd said it was possible the snake had traveled quite a distance before arriving at the Schmidtz home. To avoid finding a surprise in your holiday evergreen this Christmas, Rudd recommends you take a broom and thoroughly sweep the tree to shake loose any live creatures that might be hiding in the branches.
Larae Schmidtz told KIVI that next year they would go over every inch of the tree before they move it inside.