Monday, May 18
If you know the size of the average backyard swimming pool, as shown above, you know the size of this rattlesnake. Just kidding. It’s a five-gallon bucket, but you get my drift. This guy/gal is one of the bigger snakes to be found around here in a long time. A breathless Hilary came to me yesterday from the corral and asked if I could use my usual snake-catching skills to pick this guy/gal up and take him/her away. Yellow snake-catcher and a white bucket in hand, it was the usual no-big-deal catching this fella/gal. Rattlers are so docile when approached by a noose. They simply let you slide it over their head and work the soft rope down the body to where it can grasp and lift the snake without hurting it. Into the bucket, slam on the lid—done. Time to give a neighbor a new pet.