Rattlesnake saved from netting. #SnakeHero #rattlesnakes #conservation

Mohave rattlesnake stuck in netting, photographed by Cindy Roth.

Today we introduce a new series, Snake Heroes, where we’ll feature stories of people helping snakes.

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A few weeks ago we got a frantic call from one of supporters, Cindy, who had found a mohave rattlesnake stuck in bird netting. Cindy had done what she could without putting herself in danger, but a day later, the snake was still stuck, not looking good, and Cindy was worried.

Rattlesnake saved from netting. #SnakeHero #rattlesnakes #conservation

Mohave rattlesnake stuck in netting, photographed by Cindy Roth.

Rattlesnake saved from netting. #SnakeHero #rattlesnakes #conservation

Mohave rattlesnake stuck in netting, photographed by Cindy Roth.

Cindy called us for help, but as we’re on opposite sides of the state, there was little we could do to help directly. We tried to put her in touch with Arizona Fish and Game, thinking an experienced wildlife officer could help her untangle the snake. She showed up at their office only to be told no one could help her.

Snake Heroes: Rattlesnake saved from netting

Mohave rattlesnake en-route, photographed by Cindy Roth.

Cindy didn’t give up on the snake. She found a couple of local snake enthusiasts via Facebook who freed the snake from the netting.

Rattlesnake saved from netting. #SnakeHero #rattlesnakes #conservation

Removing the rattlesnake from netting, photographed by Cindy Roth.

Cindy then drove him back home and set him free.

Snake Heroes: Rattlesnake saved from netting

Mohave rattlesnake safe and back home, photographed by Cindy Roth.

 

This story and another we were indirectly involved in had happy endings, but that is often not the case with animals stuck in netting. While it may seem like a wildlife-friendly way to keep animals from eating your plants, netting can be deadly to wildlife (snakes, lizards, birds, mammals). It can be tricky to free an stressed snake from netting and it is not something we recommend trying with a venomous species.

Rattlesnake saved from netting. #SnakeHero #rattlesnakes #conservation

Mohave rattlesnake stuck in netting, photographed by Cindy Roth.

Just don’t use netting.

Here at ASP headquarters we protect our garden with old window screens, formerly destined for the trash:
Snake Heroes: Rattlesnake saved from netting

No old screens? Check out 10 Ways to Protect Your Garden – and Wildlife – This Summer for more suggestions.

Of course the most wildlife-friendly method is to plant extra, so you have plenty to share with your wild neighbors 🙂