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Woman Discovers More Than 90 Adult And Baby Rattlesnakes Tangled Up Under Home

by : Julia Banim on : 14 Oct 2021 07:53
Woman Discovers More Than 90 Adult And Baby Rattlesnakes Tangled Up Under HomeSonoma County Reptile Rescue/Facebook

A woman in Sonoma County, California, has discovered more than 90 adult and baby rattlesnakes tangled up beneath her home.

The unnamed woman made the alarming discovery earlier this month and contacted Sonoma County Reptile Rescue for assistance.

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In a Facebook post, rescue centre director Alan Wolf revealed that ‘3 hours and 45 minutes’ after receiving the Santa Rosa woman’s phone call, he had pulled out a writhing mass of ’59 babies and 22 adults’.

After returning twice more, Wolf managed to pull out another seven snakes, and suspects there could still be more lurking beneath the property, later commenting, ‘I will be going back and checking several more times before the 15th of this month’.

The snakes were able to make themselves at home here because the house in question is built ‘up and around a rockpile’, with Wolf having spent most of his time ‘turning over rocks plus fiberglass plus fiberglass plus other garbage they never cleaned up when they built the house’.

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With this sort of setup, Wolf explained the snakes were able to get under the house ‘through holes underground’, noting ‘it was not very well covered in around the walls’.

Wolf identified this snake as a northern Pacific rattlesnake, one of eight species of snake in California.

rattlesnakes (Sonoma County Reptile Rescue)Sonoma County Reptile Rescue

As per California Herps, a website which offers information about reptiles found in California, a bite from this particular type of snake may ‘be very dangerous without immediate medical treatment’, and could require hospitalisation.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Animals

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    Alan Wolf

  2. California Herps

    Northern Pacific Rattlesnake - Crotalus oreganus oreganus