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Old 08-25-2022, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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As I was just about done with my afternoon walk, I came upon my neighbor Dennis poking at something in the ditch with a rake. I asked him what was going on and he told me that he had been cleaning some brush around his mailbox and was about to pick it up and put it in the trash when he noticed something moving. He looked closer and saw that it was a small rattlesnake (about a foot long) that was stuck on a spike from a catclaw bush. He managed to get the snake off that spike, but apparently the snake struck and got hung up with a spike stuck in the roof of it's mouth. After a quick plan was developed, we decided that Dennis would hold the snake up with a rake while I used a flat hoe to push the head down to try and get it off the spike. It took a couple of quick tries, but we succeeded in our mission to get the little snake free of the spike in the mouth. I am sure it was very painful. The video you see is the snake after getting it free. We stepped away for a few minutes and came back to check on it and it was still moving and shaking the tail, so we hope it will survive and go on to live it's life. Dennis told me that this is the first rattlesnake he has seen in person, so it was very cool that he was willing to save it where many people would have killed it. Thank you Dennis, you are a good man!!!


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Old 08-27-2022, 01:45 PM
 
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A very good deed you both did by helping that baby snake get free of those sharp thorns. Thank you for your compassion and courage -- it's not something I could have done!
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Old 08-28-2022, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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A very good deed you both did by helping that baby snake get free of those sharp thorns. Thank you for your compassion and courage -- it's not something I could have done!
Well, wildflowers27, it was certainly not something I was planning to do! It was one of those situations you find yourself in, and you just move forward. I felt very sorry for the poor creature, and there was no way I could leave that situation without trying to help.
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Old 08-28-2022, 10:40 AM
 
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Good on you for helping that poor little snake!!
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Old 08-28-2022, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Good on you for helping that poor little snake!!
Thanks pathrunner! It seemed like the right thing to do!
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