California Drought Pushes Rattlesnakes Into People's Homes (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The drought in California is driving rattlesnakes to greener areas, specifically people's homes, in the northern part of the state.

“We’ve made four calls today, and tonight I don’t know how many I’m going to make this evening, but it’s going to be a long evening,” rattlesnake wrangler Len Ramirez told CBS Sacramento on Friday (video below).

Ramirez removed over 70 rattlesnakes from people's properties just last week. After wrangling them from people's homes, he keeps the poisonous creatures in containers, and then releases the reptiles far away in the wild.

“For a lot of homeowners just moving in from the Bay Area, first-time encounter with a rattlesnake is very scary,” added Ramirez.

He believes the drought in California, along with people not watering their lawns as much these days, means the snakes are coming closer to people's homes for food and water.

Ramirez is advising residents to keep their garage doors closed.

The San Francisco Chronicle noted back in May that the California Poison Control System reported 84 rattlesnake bites in the Golden State for 2014.

The California Poison Control System warned residents to be careful when hiking through parks and walking in their own backyards.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle and CBS Sacramento