I went over to the mobile home at 6:30am to take the puppies for a walk. I started up the stairs and THIS caught my eye:
Here's a close up for anyone interested:
I stood there on the stairs, frozen, trying to figure out the snake's striking range. It looked like it had just eaten a rabbit so I was pretty sure it couldn't get me on the stairs. Problem was, I needed to take the puppies out that door and they are pretty wild on their leashes. I threw some rocks at it and it curled up under the trash can.
I gathered up the puppies and kept their leashes short. We managed to get out and go for our walk without incident. Then I came back to the RV and looked up Western Diamondback rattlesnakes on the internet. There wasn't a lot of information on what to do with one, just basic facts about their biology. I remembered reading about fire departments coming out to remove snakes so I called the closest one. They looked up my address and determined I was just out of the fire district. I knew that, I was just hoping they were bored. They said it would cost $100 to come out but that private companies would do it for cheaper.
So, being frugal (and a lot stupid) I attempted to corral the snake myself. The snake did not appreciate my poking and would not cooperate and get in my plastic bin. I gave up and searched the internet again. I managed to find Santa Rita Snake Removal which services my area. I called and he said he charges $25 but it would take him an hour to get here. I went back outside, with my hat this time, found the snake and watched him to make sure he didn't go under the mobile home. The dog run is on the other side of the mobile home and I don't want the puppies to mess with a snake. Also, he had moved behind my water tank and I didn't want any surprises next time I went to fill my RV water tank. It would be great if I could put him on a leash and let him eat all of the pack rats in my garage.
After an hour of staring at a rattlesnake, the snake guy showed up and quickly caught it with his snake grabber (I need one of those!) and put it in his bucket.
He said that he will take it to the local state park. The park rangers actually request that he bring snakes to them because hikers complain that they don't get to see any snakes. Crazy people. I'll be glad when October is here and the snakes go to sleep. Kind of makes me not want to go outside until then. Oh well, another $25 gone from the budget. It was worth it though.