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Snake rattles Rattlesnake Road woman

A Grass Valley neighborhood on Rattlesnake Road lived up to its name Sunday night when a rattlesnake slithered into a woman’s kitchen and gave the neighbors a scare.

Kathleen Woolsey, who lives on the 13000 block of Rattlesnake Road, was hardly expecting the 2-foot rattler to greet her at the door at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

“It looked like a big snake,” she said. “I saw the back end of it go inside,” she said.



She told her 14-year-old daughter, who was upstairs, to call 911. She had to rush her visiting 7-year-old neighbor back home. By the time Woolsey returned to her house, she had no idea where the snake had gone.

Another neighbor came running over and located a snake 10 feet outside of the kitchen door. At that point, Woolsey thought she had two snakes on her hands.




“By then I think I’m overrun,” she said.

The sheriff’s deputy who responded couldn’t do much to allay her fears, she said.

“He wouldn’t go inside the house,” she said. “I didn’t blame him.”

She called a snake wrangler out of Auburn: Len Ramirez of Ramirez Snake Removal.

In the meantime, one neighbor killed the outside snake with a tool while her other neighbors scoured her house for the one that supposedly got away.

Ramirez searched Woolsey’s home thoroughly and did not find another snake, she said, so everyone presumed the dead snake and the kitchen snake were one in the same.

“It could have moved outside while I was gone,” Woolsey said.

She spent all night and Monday morning tip-toeing around the house.

“I’m creeping down the stairs, moving slowly and not getting much done,” she said. “I’ve been keeping an eye on my border collie. She’s been sniffing around, and she seems fine.”

Ramirez said snakes are always hanging around cluttered yards, but people often stumble upon them while doing yard work in the spring or fall.

“Most people who have them are unaware they’re there,” Ramirez said.

Woolsey admitted her yard has a lot of groundcover, which she inherited from previous owners.

Ramirez said the best way to avoid getting surprised by a rattler is to keep yards free of clutter and rodents.

“People need to keep their property as clean as possible with no debris lying around,” Ramirez said. “Keep your yard as clean and have your dogs vaccinated.”

Woolsey said Ramirez also advised her to keep her yard well-lit at night to discourage further snake activity.

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To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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