See the Jumbo-Size Rattlesnake Caught Relaxing in Woman’s Living Room

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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Updated: November 9, 2023

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Key Points:
  • Rattlesnakes are not aggressive and mostly prefer to keep to themselves.
  • If you have rodents on your property, a snake or two might be tempted to slither onto the premises.
  • Most rattlesnake bites occur as a result of the victim accidentally touching the snake.

Rattlesnakes are feared by many. These misunderstood creatures can be found in most of the United States and are known for, and named after, the rattle on the end of their tail that shakes when predators are near. 

Any outsider naive enough to approach a rattlesnake receives a clear message from a rattlesnake’s maraca-like tail shake: “Stay away!” The snakes use an aural sleight of hand to make it appear as though they have suddenly appeared when that message is disregarded.

When an Oak Park woman returned home to discover a sizable rattlesnake living in her living room, it was a disturbing sight, as the video shows. The ultimate example of a developing Southland snake problem may have been caused by California’s prolonged drought in 2015. 

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Rattlesnakes are not aggressive and tend to give a warning rattle before attacking.

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The unwelcome guest, which was over four feet long, was perched on a ledge. Debbie Wittlin, who shouted to her husband as soon as she saw the snake resting close to a window, makes this statement: “I was shaking, sweating. I was scared.”

They believe it entered through the front door after leaving it ajar for a bit as they loaded their cars. Firefighters swiftly removed the rattlesnake, which was shaking its tail, from the Oak Park residence as they arrived. They claim it to be one of the largest rattlesnakes they had ever seen, particularly inside a house.

An Unwelcome Visitor

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Rattlesnakes are not typically known to trespass in houses, instead favoring deserts, swamps, and forests.

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“He took up the width of this windowsill and his little head. He was all the way down here and then he raised his head and his tongue came out,” says the homeowner. Oak Park firefighters are accustomed to dealing with snakes; in fact, snakes are featured on their symbol. 

Yet, according to reports, the 2015 snake season has been one of the busiest ever due to the drought. Wittlin claims that throughout her 24 years of living there, she has never ever seen a snake, much less one that has slithered inside.

Where Is Oak Park, California on a Map?

Just where was this gargantuan rattler taking up residence? The rattlesnake entered the home of a woman living in Oak Park, California. In case you are not sure where exactly that is, take a look at the map below.

Are Rattlesnakes Aggressive?

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Most victims are bitten when they accidentally touch a rattlesnake while climbing or hiking.

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Generally, rattlesnakes are pretty laidback when left to their own devices. However, they will strike if they feel threatened. Most incidents occur when they feel the individual has simply wandered too close for comfort.

Because most victims are bitten when they accidentally touch a rattlesnake while climbing or hiking, their feet and hands tend to be more commonly attacked.

How Likely Are You to Find a Rattlesnake Chilling in Your Home?

Snake infestations tend to go hand-in-hand with rodent problems.

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There’s a considerable likelihood that snakes may visit your property at some point, despite where you reside. Although experts agree that this might be beneficial for your yard, when these reptiles decide to venture further into areas where people live, they could become a problem.

Snakes are an important component of the environment whose hunting techniques can get rid of pests in your garden and yard. Reptiles can, nevertheless, occasionally enter homes in search of food. 

If you have mice dwelling in your attic or on your property, there is a very good chance that snakes will also be there because many snake species hunt rodents for sustenance. Thankfully, this giant rattlesnake wasn’t hurt and is now living back in the wild where it belongs! 

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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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