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Pro Soccer Player Removes Snake In His Backyard

Brek Shea is a heck of a professional soccer player (and U.S. National Team member) and now he can add snake handler to his resume that includes skill

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Brek Shea is a heck of a professional soccer player (and U.S. National Team member) and now he can add snake handler to his resume that includes skilled painter and of course left back for the Orlando City Soccer Club. 


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Shea, who recently moved to Orlando, Fla. was surprised by a snake that was in his backyard and in order to remove it, he decided to capture it. Cell phone video of the snake in question, what the person holding the cell phone, described as a rat snake, (anyone care to guess what species?) but the video isn’t really clear. Shea used a stick to gently subdue the snake and was able to grab it behind the head like any good snake handler as his companion recorded the encounter. No harm appears to have been inflicted on the snake or the handler and Shea most likely released it away from his home. 


John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 

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