Over 90 snakes found under northern California home – world news – .

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Over 90 snakes found under northern California home – world news – .


Al Wolf has a habit of removing a snake or two from under houses, but was recently called by a woman who said she saw rattlesnakes scurrying under her northern California home and was surprise to find over 90 rattlesnakes preparing to hibernate.

Wolf, director of Sonoma County Reptile Rescue, said he crawled under the hillside home in Santa Rosa and immediately found a rattlesnake and then another and another. He came out from under the house, grabbed two buckets, put on long safety gloves, and went back inside. He crawled on his hands, knees and belly, knocking over 200 small rocks.

“I continued to find snakes for almost four hours,” Wolf said Friday. “I thought ‘Oh, well that was a call worth it’ but I was happy to go out because it’s not pleasant you come across cobwebs and dirt and it smells bad and it’s musty and you’re on your stomach and you’re dirty. I mean it was work.

But the work paid off. He used a 24-inch (60-centimeter) snake pole to remove 22 adult rattlesnakes and 59 babies on his first visit to the home in the Mayacamas Mountains on October 2. He’s been back twice since and collected 11 more snakes. He also found a dead cat and a dead opossum.

All of the snakes were North Pacific rattlesnakes, the only poisonous snake found in northern California, he said.

Wolf, who has rescued snakes for 32 years and has been bitten 13 times, said he answered calls for snakes under houses in 17 counties and had seen dozens of them in one place in the wild but never under a house .

He said he releases rattlesnakes in the wild away from people and sometimes on private land when ranchers ask them for pest control.

Wolf said there are plans to return home before the end of the month to see if more snakes have arrived.

“We know it’s already a den because of the babies and the number of females I’ve found,” he said.

Rattlesnakes typically hibernate from October to April and seek out rocks to hide under and warm places and return to the same spot year after year. The owners did not remove any stones when they built the house, making it an attractive location for reptiles, Wolf said.

“The snakes found the house to be a great place for them because the rocks provide them protection, but the house also protects them from humidity during the winter, so it is double insulation for them,” he said. he declared.

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