Had an interesting 4th. Neighbors and I found a 2-feet rattlesnake in our back yard. Despite not being native here at all, it was coiled and rattling, so I'm pretty sure we were spot on with our identification.
We tried to pin/trap it, but it escaped under our deck. Police said they don't handle snakes (though they said they'll take a shot at it if it's out in the open). Will be trying to call animal control later. If they balk too does anyone have any recommendations on people/services that might deal with this?
Also, anyone know of a Beaconite who is missing their pet rattle snake? I imagine it must be an escapee pet--not sure how else such a snake would find it's way up here. Also not sure why anyone would keep one as a pet.
(For those who are now scared silly, the snake was spotted in our backyard near Commerce/South Ave.)