NEWALLA, Okla. -- As the temperature outside creeps up, the snakes are coming out. One Oklahoma family is urging everyone to be alert, after a six-foot snake found his way into their animal cages.
The Bounds family farm is home to chicken, ducks, rabbits, and soon to be guineas.
"Guineas, I heard, are really good at flea and tick control so that's what we originally got them for," Trevor said.
Having recently bought six young guineas, the family believed they were set.
The guineas were temporarily kept in a cage until an unwelcome guest slithered in late one night.
"It was pretty dark, and I grabbed my phone, so I flip open the flashlight... and I'm face to face with a big ol' snake," said Trevor Bounds, who lives in the home.
It was a 6-foot-long reptile with a hankering for guineas. The reptile ate six of the birds whole before eyeing the puppy in the next cage over.
"Our dog was in the last cage and it just was like sliding through and it got its head in to Bailey's cage," said Kaysha Bounds, Trevor's wife.
Thankfully, the snake was stopped in its tracks by the frustrated homeowner.
"I was a little irritated that the snake ate my guineas," Trevor said. "I'm sure I probably caught him probably an hour and a half after dinner."
Trevor killed the snake, measured his prey nose to tail, and fired up the grill.
"I mean for eating my guineas...I ate him," Trevor said.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. But Trevor says the seared snake hit the spot.
"Yeah, pretty good, tastes like fish," said Trevor. "It was definitely an experience."
The snake will no longer be stalking the Bounds. Now they're urging everyone to keep their eyes peeled this summer.
"I think people definitely need to be summer snake aware, they could be anywhere," noted Trevor.
The family plans on buying more guineas soon, but will keep them in a snake proof enclosure.