Watch as woman reacts to snake falling on her (Video)
June 4, 2013 at 1:04 a.m.
Updated June 5, 2013 at 1:05 a.m.
A snake was probably the last thing Cheryl Beran expected to drop from the sky.
But one did, almost on top of Beran, as she prepared to lock the back door of the Museum of the Coastal Bend about 4:20 p.m. May 25 - and it was all captured on the museum's security camera.
"Something fell, and it was like, 'Whoa! What was that? It touched my hand.' I backed up," Beran said.
"He was so big he kind of got stuck under the door. He was trying to come in."
Due to that day's inclement weather, Beran was carrying an umbrella, two in fact.
"Luckily, I had that umbrella. I wasn't going to take it because I had a smaller one in my purse, but I thought I better take it," she said. "I used that to push him back out. He really didn't like me poking at him."
Museum Director Sue Prudhomme lauded Beran's efforts.
"Evidently, a snake had climbed on the ledge directly over the doors in order to escape the rain," Prudhomme said, noting that May 25 was the day of heavy rains and even a tornado in Victoria. "With her umbrella, she dislodged it from under the door and prevented it from entering the museum, all the while dealing with a scared and unhappy snake. Cheryl's our hero."
Prudhomme said a game warden later identified it as a bullsnake. The nonvenomous snakes are native to Texas.
Despite the reptilian downpour, Beran remained calm.
"I guess I'm a calm person," she said. "I just wasn't going to let him come in. If he had come in, I don't know what I would have done. There wasn't anyone else around."
Beran was even calm enough to take a photograph of the snake as they parted ways.
"He stayed at the back door for a while then slithered away. That's when I took his photo," she said. "Once he got in the grass, I didn't see him anymore."
Beran is convinced the encounter is a bit of retribution for an incident at home.
"I'm thinking it's payback because my husband had opened the attic door at home, and a snake fell on his head, and I laughed," she said.
"I guess it was payback for that."