Smiling Snake Is So Happy Somebody Saved His Life
This little snake has a very good reason to smile.
Earlier this week, the tiny reptile was discovered trapped in the strong adhesive of a glue trap inside a home in Portsmouth, Virginia. It's unclear how long the snake had been stuck there with no hope of escaping - but lucky for him, an animal control officer named Quintana arrived before it was too late.
She decided to do all she could to save him.
Once back at the office, Quintana and another officer used butter to lubricate the snake so he could be carefully pried up from the sticky trap.
It was a painstaking task, to say the least - but the little animal's life depended on it.
Fortunately, their hard work paid off.
"As you can see from the pictures, the snake was really stuck on the trap and was extremely happy once he was freed by these diligent Animal Control Officers," the Portsmouth Police Department wrote in a post online. "The snake was then returned to the outdoors today."
While it might have seemed a thankless job, before being released, the snake found a way to show his gratitude for all the officers had done. He gave them the happiest little grin.
It was an ideal ending for this snake, but most animals who become ensnared in glue traps never make it out alive.
The Humane Society of the United States advises against the use of such traps, calling them "cruel and indiscriminate' - and it's easy to see why. Not only are they easily capable of trapping non-targeted animals, any creature caught by them is nearly always subjected to a slow and agonizing death.