Luckily Mike saw the snake first, and cornered him with a stick. Otherwise I'm pretty sure Pea, the world's greatest animal lover, would have picked it up to play with.
Mike is an award-winning architect
I handed the camera to Laurel and went to call the neighborhood snake expert. Laurel is a better photographer than I am anyway.
the snake is probably two years old,
since they add a rattle each time they shed
15-year-old Taylor and his dad showed up with a shovel, but it was such a cute little snake that it seemed a shame to whack it's head off (the usual procedure in rattlesnake country).
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the tongue is amazing
We were not sure what to do with it. Our first thought was to take it up into the foothills and release it. Then we thought, what if it's our fault that a hiker gets bitten? Taylor's dad, an attorney, opted for euthanasia. They took it to their house, put it in a plastic container, and stuck it in their freezer. When I saw it later it was rock hard, but probably not dead.
one of the indicators of a venemous snake.
Sorry he wouldn't hold still for the photo
They plan to give it to one of the dad's clients who is a taxidermist. We may see our snake in a taxidermy display at Cabela's some time.