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.