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A little visitor to our backyard Saturday evening, Prairie Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis

A little visitor to our backyard Saturday evening, Prairie Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis

This is a Prairie Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis.
It wandered into our backyard Saturday night.
I am NOT one to kill ANYTHING....I live in ITS space...and I love snakes :)

With my astonished husband watching, I got a tall plastic bucket, the kind that comes with a snap down lid, I placed it close to the snake. Then I took a VERY long stick/piece of wood and I stuck it under the snake midway. I picked up the snake, dropped it in the bucket, slammed the lid on and drove it to a HUGE empty space about 2 miles away.
This is NOT recommended for anyone scared of snakes, the snake will sense your fear.
I was totally calm and wanted to do what was best for the snake as well as my beloved dogs.
I had never encountered a rattler before on my home turf. I acted purely on instinct.

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Comment by Claudia Inoue on July 19, 2011 at 7:53am
What a GREAT LINK, Jan!!!!! That was wonderful to read....I am taking the liberty of making it into a blog post!
Comment by Jan Macek on July 18, 2011 at 10:07pm

Sad that more people don't think like you. I know many people who have killed nonvenomous snakes because they didn't want to share their pond or their yard with a snake:( In Los Alamos, we share our property with gr. squirrels, gophers, deer and of course snakes:) We even built a pond for them! thank you Claudia, for being a person who mirrors my own sentiments:)

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Comment by Claudia Inoue on July 18, 2011 at 4:46pm
Thanks, Jan....there is too much death and dying all around us as it is. Mother Earth is screaming in pain, I can hear her in the wind as it whips the wild fires...I will NOT contribute to the needless killing of animals in this world even if it is a poisonous rattlesnake. I am living in its territory. Animals were here first.
Comment by Jan Macek on July 18, 2011 at 4:33pm
Very nicely done:) With this drought, you can never tell what you might find in your yard if you have water. Please, take Claudia's cue and be nice to the wildlife. You can call animal control and they have people that will relocate rattlesnakes or any nonvenomous snake Please don't kill. Claudia is a very special person:) We need more people like her!!!!!!!!

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