DALE, Texas — He’s not going to slither out of this one.
A Texas man has been charged with trying to get revenge on his neighbor by sneaking into his house and leaving a rattlesnake inside, cops said.
Ryan Felton Sauter, a 39-year-old construction worker, and his neighbor, Keith Monroe, had been engaged in an ongoing dispute for months, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The matter came to a head last month, when Sauter stumbled upon a rattlesnake, captured it and then bit off its rattle to eliminate its signature warning sound.
Later that day, the two men got into another fight and soon after, Monroe spotted Sauter leaving his RV trailer. When Monroe demanded to know why Sauter had been inside, he gave an ominous warning.
“He said, ‘You’ll see why,’” Monroe said. “I was trying to find out what he was talking about.”
Once he went inside, Monroe figured out what had happened quickly when he spotted the 3-foot-long snake curled up on the driver’s side of his home.
“I freaked out,” Monroe said. “I couldn’t believe this happened.”
He then killed the snake with a machete and called cops. The police noted in their affidavit: that, “Deputies observed that the snake’s rattles had been removed.”
Sauter was charged with deadly conduct and criminal trespass of a habitation.