HUGE Rattle Snake Captured in Clayton

May 5, 2014 · 36 comments

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So, this little 4+-foot rattler was caught this weekend in Clayton.

Thanks to Alice for the picture and Pete for the capture.

Watch where you walk!

1 Wow May 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

It’s pretty rare for them to get that big. I hope it was relocated, rather than killed.

2 WC Resident May 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

@#1 I agree, and I am terrified of those buzz tails!!

3 anonanonagain May 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Yes, as WOW says I hope that they released this snake. I’m fearful of snakes too, but I also recognize that they are part of nature……

4 Silva May 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Yep, it’s big! Pretty. I too hope it was relocated and not killed. It’s obviously been doing a bang up job taking care of vermin.

5 NIH uh... May 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

My dad and Uncle shot a pair of 6 footers
years ago, they tasted great with butter and
salt and pepper, yummmmm!

6 Peanut Gallery May 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

chop it up

7 Mark May 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Are those official snake hunting shoes?

8 Cowellian May 5, 2014 at 5:55 PM

NOT a corn snake!

9 Wow! May 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

That’s a big freaking snake!

10 Jojo potato May 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

So Rob Ford came to Clayton for his rehab? Good to see him enjoying nature, I’m sure it will do him a lot of good!

11 Shelly May 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Oh Jojo potato, that was mean.

12 Antler May 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Is this Alice also the Alice of fawns and puppies?

13 Atticus Thraxx May 5, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Dang! Now that’s a big ‘ol rattler. Not sure I’d go trying to snag one in shorts and slippers though.

14 Sharla May 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

That is a Rattler!

15 Road King Terry May 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM

they usually range from 3-5 ft., and can get as big as 7ft.

16 anonymous May 5, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Much bigger and less venom than my ex. Will you marry me cause I like the way you rat tle me.

17 Actions Speak May 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I would skin that rattler and use it for a purse.

18 Fitgirl May 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

OMG! Where was he??

19 FRANCIS BARKER May 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

That is one big Rattle snake !!!!!! i didn’t know they grew that big esp around this area !!! they guy is very lucky to catch that beautiful snake.

20 Landana May 5, 2014 at 8:33 PM

They seem to be out a lot more this year, I wounder if the Morgan territory fire last year forced a lot of them out this way.

21 Seen several this month... May 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM

We usually see a couple a month in our neighborhood…it was several this past month. They have few predators, and there is ample food and space, and not very many people or predators bothering them, so they are multiplying.

Interestingly, though, the turkeys are multiplying, too, and a documentary I recently watched on turkeys showed them and ground squirrels killing rattlesnakes. So I think that it will be interesting to see which one of those comes out ahead. They all seem to be thriving right now.

22 Shasta Daisy May 5, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Cowellian…darn, I was going to say that.

23 Mark Trail May 5, 2014 at 9:12 PM

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife does not require a License for the taking of Western Rattlesnakes, but the limit is two, according to section 5.60. Reptiles(56). additionally no Rattlesnakes may be taken from State Parks or National Parks or National Monuments. Barbless hooks must be used on any Hamsters or Pet Shop Mice used as Bait.

24 Dwight Schrute May 5, 2014 at 9:43 PM

The ranchers killed over 100 coyotes a year ago so they would leave their cows/sheep alone. Remove apex predators and others will flourish.

25 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 5, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Cool snake grabber tool. Reminds me of the weenie pole we used for short arm inspections when I did my Peace Corps stint.

26 MrDuckyWucky May 5, 2014 at 11:09 PM

so, what happened to the snake, mr mayor?

27 Angelface May 6, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Heavy bodied snakes such as the rattlesnake need their bodies supported to avoid seriously injuring them. Hanging them in the air by the neck is very cruel.

28 Cody May 6, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Antler, yes the same Alice.

29 SuperSnake May 6, 2014 at 8:01 AM

I hope the snake was relocated after being caught. Hate seeing wildlife murdered.

About the murdered coyotes….I wish people would leave nature alone. The coyotes deserve to live. They are good for hunting rodents and other creatures who will over populate if not kept in check by nature.

30 Claycord Cornsnake May 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Dear Friend, please advisssssese where you have been dining. You have obviousssssssly been feasssssting well.

31 Silva May 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I had not heard about the vendetta on the coyotes.

32 Silva May 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Judging how we’ve not heard the fate of this beautiful animal I think it’s safe to say Rob Ford didn’t relocate the snake.

33 MrDuckyWucky May 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

LOL@#32!
Rob Ford!
Hilarious!!!

34 Daniel Shays May 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM
35 El Mobre May 6, 2014 at 7:29 PM

I lived in AZ for a while and would see those bad boys all the time. I live in the city now, but still to this day always look at the ground. I credit them with helping me avoid dog $*%& on a daily basis!
Thanks Mr. Rattlesnake!

36 RODNEY HILL May 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Not uncommon at all to see ones this size at Delta View Golf course. They sit by the wooden fence post. They dont want anything to do with humans

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