Yikes! Nearly 100 rattlesnakes found living under Northern California home

ByCornell W. Barnard KGO logo
Monday, October 18, 2021
Nearly 100 rattlesnakes found living under North Bay home
A North Bay homeowner was surprised to find nearly 100 rattlesnakes living under their home recently.

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. -- It's a good thing Halloween is coming, because this story is creepy, especially if snakes aren't your thing.

A homeowner in the Northern California community of North Bay was surprised to find more than a few rattlesnakes living under their home recently. In fact, nearly 100 rattlesnakes were found there.

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Al Wolf, who came to remove the slithery animals, is a brave man who loves his job, despite the risks.

"I've been bitten 13 times," said Wolf.

He's a real life rattlesnake wrangler and the director of non-profit Sonoma County Reptile Rescue.

Al's been rescuing and removing rattlesnakes from properties for 32 years, all for free.

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He thought he'd seen every fang and heard every rattle until recently, when a homeowner called after spotting a snake going underneath her mountainside home.

"I had to wear these snake gloves so rattlesnakes can't bite through, it's dangerous, I got on my hands and knees, I wasn't there a minute before I found my first rattlesnake," he said.

The snake count quickly multiplied, reaching 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and higher.

"It took about three hours, but I found a total of 92 rattlesnakes under that house, I was tickled pink, I wish that happened everyday to me," said Wolf.

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He needed a bigger bucket to remove all the adult and baby rattlesnakes found under that house. He said it was a definite first, and believes the drought has a lot to do with so many snakes in one place.

"The drought will cause them to go to areas where there's water, looking for lizards and rodents," Wolf added.

All the snakes will be released into rural Sonoma County. Al Wolf doesn't expect to find 100 snakes in one place again, but this snake wrangler has hopes.

"Give me 300, as long as I can have enough containers, I'll do it all day long."