Watch a Man Expel a Rattlesnake From a Backyard by Dousing It With Cooking Spray

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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Updated: November 3, 2023

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A YouTube channel from Rattlesnake Solutions shows this snake removal and rattlesnake control company knows a thing or two about getting rid of these venomous serpents. Nick, the man filming about the snake-removal job he was just called to, mentions he’s picking up cooking spray. 

It’s a sticky situation, as the rattlesnake was spotted hanging out in a small hole that a pipe comes out of on a pool heater. Nick already knows that it’s a rattlesnake, making this a dangerous mission. That doesn’t stop him from getting the job done. Once he arrives at the location, viewers can instantly see the snake dangling out of the hole head-first!

Nick questions how the serpent even got into the pool heater in the first place. He takes out a can of non-stick cooking spray and begins applying it to the inside and outside of the hole where the snake seems to be stuck. 

Eventually, Nick is able to use one hand and a tool to hold onto the front of the snake while pushing the serpent’s body through the hole! This frees the creature, bringing it instant relief. Toward the end of the footage, Nick releases the snake back into its natural habitat, where it can thrive. 

How Large Do Rattlesnakes Get?

Grand Canyon Pink Rattlesnake Neonate

Rattlesnakes get to be about 6 feet in length on average.

Adults typically measure between 3 to 6 feet in length on average, although some specimens have been documented exceeding 7 feet, with a maximum recorded length of 8 feet. In Florida, the average weight for this species falls within the range of 2 to 4 pounds, while certain larger individuals can tip the scales at over 10 pounds.

Given that the eastern diamondback holds the title of the world’s largest rattlesnake, it follows that any state within its habitat can boast of hosting the largest rattlesnake species. The most substantial specimens of this rattlesnake can be found in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Keeping Rattlesnakes Out of Your Yard

Mojave Rattler

An adult Mojave rattlesnake will rear up in a defensive stance.

Preventing these snakes from getting into your yard is not only safer for you but for them as well. Who knows what little cracks or crevices they could potentially get stuck within? Lemongrass is an excellent herb to grow in your garden. 

It is not only attractive and simple to cultivate, but it also deters ticks, snakes, and mosquitoes. Since they carry sulfonic acid, the substance that makes us cry when we slice onions, garlic, and onions are considered to be among the most powerful snake repellents as well! 

Homeowners can make a garlic spray that smells particularly strong. The spray can be applied anywhere you want to keep snakes away. Another method involves a snake plant. The mother-in-law’s tongue is a kind of succulent with pointed leaves.

Compared to garlic and lemongrass, this plant doesn’t have an odor, yet it deters snakes by impairing their senses. Clove and cinnamon essential oils are found in a number of readily accessible natural snake-repellent solutions. 

Simply combine equal amounts of clove and cinnamon essential oils in a spray bottle for use. It can be sprayed right on snakes, but you should exercise care in case they don’t move in the expected opposite direction. 

Rodents are a snake’s main dietary source. Where do rodents prefer to congregate? In regions where they can conceal themselves, such as in garden areas with lots of cover, long grass, overgrown bushes, and overgrown plants. Maintain a clean yard to keep snakes out. 

What Is a Rattlesnake’s Normal Habitat?

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) in Florida

The rattlesnake is a solitary creature that prefers to live far away from humans if it can.

Rattlesnakes are commonly found in many parts of the United States. They inhabit a wide variety of habitats, including deserts, grasslands, woodlands, and scrublands. They are most commonly found in areas with abundant prey and protective cover, such as rock piles and crevices.

Rattlesnakes prefer to avoid human contact and do not generally seek out human housing developments as their habitat. However, it is not uncommon for rattlesnakes to be located near such developments due to their proximity to the natural habitats they prefer.

In general, rattlesnakes thrive in climates ranging from warm to hot. They are most active during the day and spend their nights in dens. They may also hide under rocks or logs or enter abandoned animal burrows.

Rattlesnakes are an important part of the ecosystem and help to control the populations of small mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. They are also an important food source for larger predators like birds of prey, coyotes, and bobcats.

By understanding the normal habitat of the rattlesnake, we can coexist with these unique creatures and ensure their safety and continued survival.

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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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