EUGENE — Michael Fitch had just returned to his Eugene, Ore., home at the end of his work day when he heard his wife say, "Honey, I need you." It seems the problem was a snake poised halfway out of the family's dishwasher vent.
Not fond of snakes, Fitch says he suited up with gloves, tongs and a lunch bin and grabbed hold of the snake. His wife grabbed a camera.
He says the snake put up a fight before he managed to tug it free and release it outside.
KVAL-TV showed photos of the Monday night encounter to Yosef Uyeda, a Ph.D. candidate in herpetology at Oregon State University in nearby Corvallis. He concedes a snake in a dishwasher is "a little unusual" but identifies it as a harmless western garter snake.
Still, Fitch says he's taking extra care now when he opens the dishwasher.