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Large bull snake found in Hastings resident's bathroom

Hastings police officer Mike Schmitz poses with the captured bull snake. Photo courtesy of the Hastings Police Department

A routine trip to the bathroom turned out to be anything but for Larry and Jeff Frandrup on Monday morning. Around 4 a.m., Larry walked into the bathroom and discovered a bull snake measuring more than 6 feet long.

Jeff Frandrup, Larry's father, and owner of the residence on Radford Road, said he awoke after hearing his son yelling.

"It was definitely a surprise," Jeff Frandrup said, adding that the snake seems to have entered his home by a hole in a wall. "I was doing some plumbing work and it found its way in."

He used a broom handle to corral the snake into a pillowcase. Around 9:30 a.m. he called Hastings police to transport the scaly serpent.

Upon arrival, police took the snake from the residence and released it into a wooded area near the industrial park, said Police Chief Bryan Schafer.

While bull snakes are common in southeastern Minnesota, the species is not frequently located, much less of this size. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Brittany Hauser said that bull snakes typically grow up to 6 feet in length, but it's not unheard of for one to be even larger.

The bull snake is not venomous, but shares a striking similarity to the endangered and venomous timber rattlesnake.

"Bull snakes are a rattlesnake mimic," Hauser said. "They don't have a rattle, but they will shake their tail to make a kind of rattlesnake sound."

Venomous or not, Frandrup was happy for the situation to be behind him.

"It's not something I'd like to deal with again," he said.

Jake Pfeifer

Jake Pfeifer is a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, which encompasses the Hastings Star Gazette, Farmington-Rosemount Independent Town Pages, South Washington County Bulletin and Woodbury Bulletin. He previously worked as a sports reporter and outdoors editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and as a multimedia artist/editor for Detroit Lakes Newspapers.

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