Watch a Terrified Family Discover a Rattlesnake Den in Their Electrical Box

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Written by Sharon Parry

Updated: November 10, 2023

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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
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Key Points:

  • In this video, a snake relocation team helps out a family that has found some rattlesnakes in their home electrical box in Scottsdale, Arizona. The homeowner reveals that she had nearly been bitten by one in the same location a few years ago.
  • Western diamondbacks are native to North and Central America and can be typically found under vegetation or rocks, branches, and debris.
  • They are the second-longest venomous snake in North America and their venom is hemotoxic, myotoxic, and cytotoxic.

Arizona has a reputation for having a large concentration of venomous snakes. So we guess when you live in Arizona, knowing how to deal with these magnificent but deadly creatures is a part of everyday life. Luckily, there are local experts on hand like the professionals featured in this clip. They show how to capture and relocate deadly snakes whilst minimizing the risks. This is not something you should try yourself.

Rattle Snake Capture and Relocation

In the clip, we hear from the rattlesnake removal business owner and the snake relocation team. We join them as they head to a home in Scottsdale where a family has found three rattlesnakes in an electrical box. The family discovered it as they were fixing up an electric fence to keep their dogs in one place.

A snake relocator opens up the box and finds three western diamondbacks inside. The snakes had hidden in there to hibernate as the temperatures dropped and they would have been there all winter. All the snakes give loud warning rattles as they are lifted into a secure container with a screw lid. The homeowner reveals that she had nearly been bitten by one in the same location a few years ago. Just when you think it’s all over, the homeowner spots another tail. There were actually four snakes in there! All four were released safely back into the wild to make another den where they could spend the rest of the winter.

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Rattlesnake at Night

Western diamondbacks only attack humans when they are disturbed.

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All About Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes

Western diamondbacks are the snake stars of many Western movies. They are native to North and Central America and are commonly called diamondback rattlers.

These guys are the second-longest venomous snake in North America and they are found in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. When they are not being retrieved from electrical boxes, you will most likely find them under vegetation or rocks, branches, and debris β€” just like the habitat that we saw these snakes being released into.

These snakes do not go looking for confrontations with humans and avoid us if they can. However, they will launch a defensive strike if they are disturbed. If they do bite you, seek medical attention right away as the venom is hemotoxic, myotoxic, and cytotoxic so it can affect the blood and heart system and the body muscles. 

Western diamondback rattlesnake striking

Western diamondback rattlesnakes’ venom is hemotoxic, myotoxic, and cytotoxic.

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Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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