Picture the moderately nightmarish scenario of discovering a highly venomous rattlesnake living under your home. Now multiply that by 10. Now multiply that by more than nine.
The leader of a Bay Area reptile rescue retrieved 92 Northern Pacific rattlesnakes from underneath a Santa Rosa home in early October.
Al Wolf, the director of the Sonoma County Reptile Rescue who has been rescuing snakes and other reptiles for the past 32 years through his nonprofit, responded on Oct. 2 to a resident's call about a rattlesnake den underneath her home, located in the northeast section of Santa Rosa in the Mayacamas Mountains.
After finding an adult rattlesnake and several rattlesnake babies within just a couple minutes of dropping beneath the home — and after getting a whiff of the unmistakable, "special smell" of rattlesnake defecation — Wolf went to his car to retrieve more tools. He returned to the dark underbelly of the residence with two red 5-gallon buckets and a snake-grabber tool, and slipped thick Hexarmor safety gloves over his hands.
(As an aside, props to the animal control guy who is literally named "A. Wolf.")
Imagine being the guy who finds a bunch of rattlesnakes, smells a ton more, and then keeps going. You never knew that animal control agents were national heroes, did you? Well, they are.
Here's a shot of just some of the snakes that Mr. Wolf pulled out from under the house:
What a job.
The rest of us will stick with retail, food service, and office jobs, thank you!
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