Tristan walked out to her car to go to work and discovered a large Diamond Back Rattlesnake beside her car. She when back inside, got her snake stick, and a 5-gallon bucket with a lid, put the snake in the bucket, put the lid on the buck, carried the buck with the snake in it out to the Petroglyph Park, and let the snake go. She said the snake was very calm the whole time.
A dazed Lesser Goldfinch sitting on Tristan’s thumb.
68 thoughts on “Snake In The Grass”
That is a tiny bird! As for snakes, I am deathly afraid of them.
Thanks, Liz. A lot of people are afraid of snakes.
You’re welcome, Tim.
Wow. Calm, cool and collected is Tristan! Surely due to the way she was raised. And how wonderful that the goldfish came to alight on her finger! Love it.
Tristan grew up handling snakes and lizards, and spiders and scorpions. She loves snakes. Thanks, Dale.
I was sure of it. And just the way she carefully moved it shows her love.
Oh my, I agree with Dale. That’s some calm and collected work there by Tristan. I would have went back inside and asked someone for help. Lovely little bird.
If you don’t know how to deal with them asking for help is the best way. But you want someone who knows what he or she are doing. Thanks, Jeff.
That’s so true, I agree. Welcome, Tim.
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I love that song.
Today I learned that it’s best to slide the lid on a bucket rather just plunking it on top when transporting a snake. Less alarming for the snake.
Absolutely. You don’t want the snake striking at the lid and biting you in the process. Thanks, Cheyenne.
This snake was so long that I had to use the lid to both trap and coax it in the bucket. He cooperated nicely tho, so that was fortunate.
Did both these wildlife encounters take place on the same day? I didn’t even know that a snake stick was a thing, but I guess it makes sense if you are in an area with venomous snakes. The bird is really cute. I’m not sure if I like huge venomous snakes enough to call the snake cute. Both great photos though. Tristan took both the photos too?
We have snakes sticks for handeling the boa constrictor and when we need to move rattlesnakes. My sister uses a broom to heard rattlesnakes off her property, but I have had to collect the ones that refused to be hearded. Tristan took the photos and both critters were within hours of each other. Thanks, JYP.
Yep, both happened yesterday. Felt like a regular weird disney princess. Thankfully no one burst into song. I wish I had gotten a picture of the snake all stretched out like I encountered him in my front yard but we both weren’t expecting to see each other so I got my snake handling equipment before I got out my camera.
Perfect for Disney princesses.
That makes sense. Snake handling takes precedence over photos ops. #priorities. Anyway, these were very cool photos of wildlife interactions.
Don’t diss the Disney princess song moments! I live for that stuff*. Although I could see where that would be dangerous if the snake felt threatened or irritated by moments of spontaneous singing. Again, priorities.
*Speaking of Disney song moments, your dad rocked Aladdin’s part in this parody https://offcenternoteven.com/2022/03/28/post-covid-world/
Tristan did a great job…. happy snake !
Thanks, Rudi. One happy snake.
My father had a pet rattlesnake as a child. Tristan is good, calm and caring snake handler. Not a surprise the rattler was calm for her.
Did little bird hit a window, or was it the heat?
It hit the glass door. Thanks, Lavina.
Vow, so brave 👌
Lol..a good post for us heading into the wilds today. Catch up with your posts on Sunday
Have a wild time! Thanks, Shey.
My goodness…!! I would have called the local police, the army, the fire brigade… I just don’t like snakes.
The whole enchilada to save you. Thanks, Herman.
Wow Tristan, way to go!
How kind if her! Admirable indeed! Of course the snake was calm all the way. It knew it was in good hands! So did the birdy! 😉
If you don’t provoke the snakes, they are often fine with being moved. I had a conversation last night with ditch bank buddies who didn’t like skunks. They have dogs which is always a problem for skunks, but I explained if you don’t provoke or threaten skunks, they generally will not spray, and they often times want to play. Thanks, Marina.
I think, like us, they just want their peace. When threatened, they’ll react.
I love this matter of fact life situation of easily moving the snake to safety for the snake and the people. Many would be in pandemonium making for a crazy situation. Of course you have to know what you are doing! Nice!
I was almost late to work from moving the snake and decided that “I had to relocate a rattlesnake so I could access my vehicle” would count as a valid excuse for tardiness. My coworkers agreed.
He was calm the whole time, and gave me a small rattle when I asked him to please vacate my bucket when we were at the release point (he had gotten slightly stuck on the bucket handle).
The little bird knocked himself out flying into my sliding glass door, so I sat with him til he recovered to make sure no predators got him. it took him about 45 minutes to come to to the point of flying off. Just sat and chilled with us til he felt better.
I’m so happy to hear the snake was relocated, I hate hearing of people killing them.
Way to go Tristan!
And the goldfinch on her hand is way to cool!
What a big rattlesnake!!! Yikes! Glad it was okay though! And the bird is so cute!
Thanks, Samatha. The goldfinches are cute and sassy little birgs. That was a big rattler.
Wow, kudos to Tristan. I had to go take care of a tiny 2 foot rat snake in our driveway that nearly stopped my wife’s heart the other day – came running back inside screaming and threatened to force us to move if I didn’t “take care” of. A hoe and a bucket and when she wasn’t looking I graciously let it free on my neighbors property – had it been a rattlesnake …good lord. For the record, that snake owes me!!
Overly dramatic if you ask me. Nice you slipped it over into the neigbor’s property. Thanks, Brian.
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Good for her! Too many ignorant people see a snake and grab the shotgun.
Out here the snakes are one of the best forms of rodent control. More people die of bubonic plague than snake bites out here. But a lot of people don’t get that. Thanks, Maj & Sher.
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Ooh dear! I had to pluck up my courage to look at the picture, never mind bucket it and move it.
Oh my goodness, and I get the Frits when I see a large house spider.
Spiders & snakes do give people the heebeejeebees. Do you know the old song “Spiders and Snakes” by Jim Stafford?
No but I‘ll look it up. My Dad is terrified of snakes don‘t know why, we don‘t get them in the garden hehe.
Has your dad had experience with snakes? He might be surprised how interesting they are. I had a stewardess friend who would visit when she was laid over in town. She thought she was terrified of snakes. I had a 15 foot long python at the time. She got curious about it, discovered it was a cool snake, and before long she was holding it over her shoulders.
Awww…. from snakes to baby birds!
Tristan’s got it!
Yep. A good day in the neighborhood. Thanks, Resa.
Oh…I love this cute little bird. It is so trusting and sits on the thumb.
Beautiful writing indeed 😍. Thank you for sharing this 🙏. Love it to the bits.