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October 26, 2013

5-foot rattler found in Chula: Man uses tractor to pin monster snake down

CHULA — A 5-foot diamondback rattlesnake was killed Oct. 19 by Lee Fletcher, part owner of Chula Peanut & Grain Co.

He said while on his tractor pushing some trees down to clear some shooting lanes on some land nearby the company, he saw the snake on the ground trying to get away. He said he used the bucket on the front of the tractor to pin it down and kill it.

Fletcher said he brought the dead snake out to the job, where a sign now hangs out front stating, “Welcome to Chula! Home of ‘the rattlesnake wrangler’ Lee Fletcher.”

A photo was taken of Fletcher with the dead snake. He sent it to friends and from there, the photo ended up being posted on Facebook.

Where’s the snake now? Fletcher said one of the workers at Chula Peanut & Grain Co. skinned it and plans to make a belt.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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