To some, it’s the stuff of nightmares, but the reality is more harmless than you’d think. Snakes might be falling out of trees at a playground in Washington D.C. Add to that the playground may have also been built atop of two old cemeteries.
According to Huffington Post, the Metropolitan Police Department posted about an incident on the playground at Walter C. Pierce Community Park:
“On Thursday, May 23, 2013 around 11:40am a call came in about a couple of snakes that fell out of the trees. When the snakes fell they scared the children, and everyone fled. This was in the playground area. I responded but found no snakes. I caught one small enough to fit inside an empty water bottle I had. It was probably a black rat snake. They are indigenous to trees and the warm weather is drawing them out.”
It turns out that the snakes, though their large size is frightening enough, are relatively harmless. They are venom-less and capture their prey, mostly rats, by constriction. They avoid humans for the most part, but the occasional human that does come across one of these snakes are often more afraid of it due to it’s 3.5 to 5 foot length.
If that doesn’t send the creeps racing along your spine. Huffington Post goes on to report a recent discovery that the playground, dog park, and sports fields were built on top of thousands of bodies that are most likely still buried. They are part of two cemeteries, one being the first Quaker cemetery in DC and the other is a 19th-century African American cemetery.