I walked around the side of the barn to feed our chickens some blackberries, when I spotted a big rattlesnake stalking the chickens.
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We’ve already relocated a few poisonous snakes this year, moving them higher up the mountain on our property. But this time I needed to act fast for the safety of the chickens, and had to kill the rattler.
He/she was a beautiful snake, at least 4-feet long and thicker than my forearm.
His underbelly was smooth as glass. The snake’s body kept moving for more than 15 minutes after his head was gone. It was a unique experience for us to touch and hold this snake, and feel the power of what’s normally a very dangerous animal.
The snake’s tail was quite dark compared to the rest of his body. It’s interesting how the rattle attaches to the end of his tail.
I shook the rattle and produced that scary sound which normally means, “Back off, move along, nothing to see here…”
I’m never happy to take the life of any creature, but it’s part of living in the national forest, where the dangers are real.
Rest in peace, rattlesnake.