"From time to time, we would hear noises in the attic," van der Herchen, who owns a bee removal and rescue company, told ABC News. "I wasn't really sure what they were."
Van der Herchen said they first made the revelation on July 17 when his son said he suspected the culprit of the errant noises was a snake. He then saw the snake through an opening in the utility room's ceiling, van der Herchen said, but by the time he'd gotten there, it had disappeared.
He assumed it was just a rat snake, a garden snake common to Florida.
"Well, we don't have to worry about any rats up there," he said he thought to himself.