Rattlesnakes are something that you want to keep a wide berth of and most of us would avoid them if we can, so what do you do if one has settled down right outside your front door? This is exactly the dilemma facing a Stuart, Florida resident and she didn’t even know it was there! Luckily, a neighbor of hers spotted the snake and called her to alert her to the unwelcome visitor.
She, very sensibly, called the Martin County Animal Control and they quickly turned up to assist with the crisis. Tabitha Queen, one of the officers, explains that they found the snake basking on the welcome mat. It looked like it was settled in for the day rather than passing through so it definitely needed to be relocated.
Rattlesnakes are found in many parts of Florida. The timber rattlesnake, the eastern diamond rattlesnake and the dusky pygmy rattlesnake are native to this area. These snakes do not go looking for trouble and will try to avoid humans. However, if you step on one accidentally, they could easily bite you and inject them with venom.
Rattlesnake venom can be fatal for humans so this lady had a lucky escape. The venom damages tissue and affects blood circulation. It causes internal bleeding and the effects are apparent almost immediately. Medical help should be received within 30 minutes.
If she had come out of her front door in a hurry she could have easily stepped on the snake. She admits that she was shaken up by the incident and that it took her hours to calm down.
Because rattlesnakes are exothermic (cold-blooded), they need to bask to raise their body temperature to a level where their metabolism works correctly. It’s just a shame that this particular snake chose a front doorstep, although this is not unusual. There are plenty of reports of snakes being spotted on paths and in yards and at certain times of the year.
In this startling footage, we see the snake being moved into a secure plastic canister – but it is not very happy about it! It takes two officers and a powerful set of pinchers (snake tongs) to complete the job. Meanwhile, the resident is filming the whole thing from safely inside her home. We learn that the snake was taken about a mile away and released into a rattlesnake-friendly habitat. Rattlesnakes like to live in open, rocky areas. The rocks provide them with shelter from predators.
These areas are also usually rich in prey for them with plenty of insects, rodents, and lizards. However, you can also find rattlesnakes in marshes, deserts, and forests. Their preferred temperature range is between 80 and 90 degrees F.
Do Rattlesnakes Normally Try To Enter Houses?
Although this Floridian had a close call, she and the rest of us should not worry too much about finding rattlesnakes inside our homes. Though it is possible for one to enter a house, especially if there are openings in the foundation or a rodent infestation, research has shown that rattlesnakes much prefer to hunt and hide in a natural environment. In addition to foundation maintenance and pest control, trimming weeds and clearing debris near decks and patios is recommended to dissuade rattlesnakes from getting comfortable in your space.
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