Animals Video

By Luke Kenton


This slithering scene looks like something from the classic mobile phone game ‘Snake’, after a strange serpent climbed a homeowner’s wall, forming bizarre square shapes in the process. 

Before ‘Candy Crush’ and ‘Angry Birds’, it was the Nokia-native game ‘Snake’ that had mobile phone users glued to their screens – but this American homeowner was given an unexpected blast from the past when he came home to see a 3D recreation of it on his wall. 

Arriving back home in Keenesaw, Georgia, 73-year-old retiree Mr. Christie was alarmed to see a large rat snake traverse across the patio in front of him –  but he was even more alarmed when it began climbing the wall. 

Watching on in shock as the non-venomous snake began climbing in straight lines and holding the lower half of its body perpendicular below – much like its beloved digital counterpart – the fork-tongued trespasser soon began forming squares on the brickwork. 

Watching on intrigued for a staggering forty minutes, Mr. Christie – who did not wish to reveal his first name – filmed the encounter for his son, Ed, who was equally bemused by the snake’s behaviour.

Believing the snake to be climbing the outside wall to flee his father’s dogs, Ed said: “Dad noticed the snake after one his dogs kept sniffing in the bushes, and it ran out in front of him.

“He couldn’t believe it, he’s never seen anything like this happen before. 

“We think the snake may have been trying to flee the dog and just ended up going in the wrong direction.

“Thankfully he’s not afraid of snakes, and as it’s illegal to harm non-venomous ones in our state – he left it alone thinking it would eventually get back down and go out in the garden.

“We have never seen anything like it.

“Rat snakes are pretty rare to see in the wild, as they tend to stay away from people and animals generally. 

“It eventually made its way back down and disappeared. 

“We haven’t seen the snake since and the dogs have calmed down – it must’ve moved on.”