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Junction City Police Lt. Keith Fitzgerald carefully removes a snake Tuesday night from the Courtyard by Marriott. Hotel employees said it was the third snake to have slithered into the building in two weeks.
June 19, 2013
Warning — those with a fear of snakes need not read further.

At about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, employees of the Courtyard by Marriott in Junction City discovered a snake had slithered its way into the building.

Hotel engineer James Pullums said he thought a customer was being robbed when he heard her reaction to finding the four feet long creature creeping into the hotel, located at 310 Hammons Drive.

Pullums was there to greet the three Junction City police officers responding to a call for assistance in removing the snake.

"A guest alerted me to (the snake)," Pullums told the officers.

The snake had decided to hide out under a wheelchair in a nook next to the front door. Though the snake's species was not confirmed, officers said it wasn't venomous.

Pullums said this is the third snake in the past two weeks to have found its way inside the hotel. He said this snake was by far the largest.

Police and hotel employees had one possible theory as to why the building has encountered its recent run-ins with unwanted guests.

The hotel, which is located at 310 Hammons Drive, is near a small pond.

"The (police) officer said it's probably due to the pond," Pullums said. "So much water in the pond."

Police were able to safely remove the snake and return it to the pond.

Hopefully that's where it will remain.

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