Warm February temps bring snakes out of hiding

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- With temperatures in the 80s, it's the time of year Jill Rials starts getting busy.

"This is a juvenile rattlesnake. He was removed from a garage this weekend," said Rials.

The professional snake wrangler has worked with Rattlesnake Solutions for two years. But over the weekend, she had a first.

Rials said a Cave Creek man was pulling stuff out of the garage to get ready for a yard sale. When he turned around, he saw his 18-month-old son holding a baby rattlesnake.

"The gentleman just freaked, kicked the snake out of the hand. Little boy was very lucky. Best I can gather was that the snake was still in a deep sleep and it didn't wake up, thank God," said Rials.

Rials said the snake likely spent the winter wedged behind some boxes in the garage. She said that's pretty common. Now that the weather is heating up, folks are finding them.

Brian Hughes is the owner of Rattlesnake Solutions. He captured a western diamondback Saturday night at a home in Ahwatukee. It was found hidden underneath a barbecue grill.

Hughes also removed a rattlesnake from a yard in Phoenix last week.

"With the lower temperatures at night, it's not going to get them moving too far, but when it's 80 degrees in the middle of the day, they're going to come out," said Rials.

If you find a snake, Rials said don't mess with it. The best thing to do is call a professional to remove it.