An Arizona woman was woken up by a rattlesnake in the middle of the night, and the situation worsened over the next few minutes.
The poisonous snake disappeared from sight, which meant that it was still there but hidden.
It happened recently at a home in Marana, about 20 miles northwest of Tucson, and the owner eventually took refuge in another part of the home, according to Derek Carlson, a rattlesnake prevention specialist with Rattlesnake Solutions.
“The western diamondback rattlesnake was initially found early in the morning by the homeowner at his bedside,” Carlson told McClatchy News.
“For obvious reasons, he quickly left the room. She called a neighbor who helped search for the snake. She searched for a good period with no luck. So he decided to call me to inspect the whole house for the snake.”
Carlson had been to the same house a day earlier, pulling an even larger rattlesnake out of the yard.
He returned for the second round and was faced with an ominous bedroom door with towels stuffed in all the cracks.
“As soon as I opened the door to the master bedroom, I heard a slight buzz,” Carlson said, noting that the snake wasn’t immediately visible.
“I opened the master bathroom door to find a juvenile western diamondback rattlesnake in a defensive posture on a bath mat under her vanity.”
The venomous snake was about a foot and a half long and Carlson managed to quickly capture it and place it in a bucket. Adult Western Diamondbacks average 3 to 5 feet in Arizona, according to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
The terrified owner asked him to search the rest of the house. No other snakes were found, he said.
“It was determined that the snake entered through the back patio door that was left open. I had the security door closed, but the space underneath was pretty big,” Carlson said.
Rattlesnake Solutions posted a photo of the rattlesnake May 16 on Facebook, where it has received hundreds of reactions. (The snake was later released alive in the desert, according to Carlson.)
“That’s called a heart attack on Monday morning!” Tracey Murray Templeton wrote on Facebook.
“There’s no way I was going to spend the night in that house again,” Debbe Taylor said.
“Look, that’s why private citizens should be allowed to have hand grenades,” posted Mike Jennings.
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