I had an unexpected houseguest yesterday.
I arrived home at the end of the day.
I was walking through my garage.
I was lost in thought.
I heard a hiss, and a rattle.
I looked up to see a female red diamond rattlesnake about three feet in front of me.
In my garage!
It was coiled, hissing, rattling its tail and posed to strike.
I backed up, opened the garage door, and went into the house.
I hoped the snake would leave and head out into the sunshine of the day.
It isn’t unheard of to come across snakes when you’re out hiking in the local canyons or mountains.
It is VERY UNUSUAL to find one in your garage.
I waited a few minutes, then cracked open the house door to see where the snake was.
Red Diamond (female) Rattlesnake – phone snap
It had not left and it was headed in the wrong direction.
I’ve seen much bigger rattlesnakes, but I’ve never been in this type of snake dilemma before.
What to do?
I closed the door and waited, again.
Then … another peek.
Red Diamond Rattlesnake Tail – phone snap
The snake was winding itself around the five gallon water bottles.
I took the above photo, and posted it on Instagram with the caption, “RATTLESNAKE IN MY GARAGE!!”
In only minutes @rattlesnakeguy had contacted me from Phoenix, Arizona.
(I just LOVE the Internet!)
He’s the one who informed me the snake was a female and that she had recently given birth.
(Apparently, snake guys know this by looking at her tail and seeing the “fold” towards the end.)
I managed to flag down a neighbor.
He came and (very carefully) removed the snake and placed it in a brush area away from our houses.
Personally, I would have killed it and then burned the house down (twice), but I wasn’t willing to get close to it.
My new friend @rattlesnakeguy then proceeded to educate me about red diamond rattlesnakes.
They have “clutches” of 5 – 25 babies at a time.
They have their babies in the fall.
They stay with their babies for a couple weeks and then separate for the winter.
Many of their babies are eaten by predators.
(I love our road runners!)
@Rattlesnakeguy said to keep an eye out for her babies because they might be in the area.
I’m never going outside again.
I’m wearing sneakers even in the house.
In fact, I plan on wearing sneakers to bed every night.