By Jerry Walker
It’s 5:00 p.m. on June 15th on Sara Scarlet Loop when we notice our neighbors outside in the street just standing around. We discovered that they were waiting for the “snake guy” to come get a rattlesnake that was in one of the weep holes in the base of the wall (which allows water to flow off the property). This snake could not get onto their property because of the “critter barriers” that had been installed just a few days earlier by the snake guy. I’ll come back to that later….
When the snake guy arrived, the group of people had turned into a small crowd with neighborhood kids and other adults. Taking much care, the snake guy used a 15-inch hemostat to reach into the hole to grab the snake. After a minute or so of his poking around and the snake rattling, it was captured. Saga almost over. The rattlesnake was then put into a large jar for transport to somewhere well away from people.
The most interesting aspect of the saga of the snake was the snake guy’s comments about them. Apparently, snakes stay within a thousand feet of where they are born.
Back to the critter barriers: The same home where the current snake saga was playing out was the scene where, two weeks earlier, a snake bit one of their small dogs on the nose. The poor dog had to be put down. The snake guy estimated, from the separation of the bite marks, that the snake was about four years old. As a result, the neighbor had the property “critter-proofed” – that is, covers were placed on the fence gate, covers on the holes in the wall, and a cover on a rain water drain pipe that ran the depth of the property exiting under the wall in the front.
Though the snake guy never found the snake when he came out to snakeproof the property, he suspected that it was in the drain pipe at the time of the biting.