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Gemond Richardson, an employee at D & S Truck and Trailer Repair, says he got the scare of his life about a month ago while at work. 

"I seen something coming in the shop.. I'm afraid of snakes also.  I started running you know. He [His supervisor] wanted me to get the shovel. It took me two extra minutes to get it because I was so afraid," said Richardson, describing the snake as it slid into his work space. 

Richardson, along with Darrell Jackson, owner of D & S Truck and Trailer Repair, attacked the creature.  

"We got a shovel and we disposed of him," said Jackson.  =

"I was so glad I was not here to see that.  That's terrible," said Shawana Jackson, who also works at the repair shop. 

Gould Construction sits just a few doors up the street from Jackson's repair company. An employee reported a large snake in the toilet Saturday morning. 

Hueytown police officer, Alice Thompson, responded to the call and captured the large snake.  Police said based on its color, fangs, and size, it was definitely a venomous cottonmouth. 

Hueytown's police chief believes a nearby creek and heavily wooded area are what's keeping the reptiles nearby. 

"Snake are a lot more common than people realize. They have no interest in seeing us. I'm a very experienced hiker.  I know there have been many occasions walking through the woods when I've walked right past one and not even realized it," said Chief Chuck Hagler of the Hueytown Police Department. 

Police say they respond to snake calls anywhere from 2 to 3 times a month.  For them, it is nothing out of the ordinary.   They do warn if you happen to have a close encounter with one of these creatures, that you call police right away. 

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