Firefighters busy with snake calls

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When the sun comes out so do the snakes, and they kept firefighters busy this week.

"The hotter it gets the more snakes are going to start popping their heads out," said Scott Rasner with Fountain Hills Rural Metro Fire Department.

With our sudden snap of warm weather, the reptiles are on the move.

"The heat is what brings them out, come out of hibernation. They are looking for food, looking to make, do stuff like that," Rasner said.

Firefighters with the department were also on the move responding to lots of snake calls. There were 11 calls on Wednesday and 13 on Tuesday. On Thursday, there was a rather unusual call.

"Those are diamondbacks. They are mating," Rasner said.

Two diamondbacks were curled up behind a homeowner's air conditioning unit, and when fire crews arrived, the two snakes were getting busy.

"The homeowner did the correct thing, called us because he found them around the A/C unit. So we'll come out here, grab them, put them in a bucket and relocate them to a wash," Clinton Ewing with Fountain Hills Rural Metro Fire Department said.

It's a drill these firefighters have been through countless times. They picked up the rattlers using a so-called snake stick and plopped them into a bucket.

"You don't want to start smashing then with rakes or hoola hose, just make them mad," Rasner said. "We advise not to mess with the snakes, especially rattlers. Just keep and eye on them and call the fire department."

It's good advice for homeowners and good for the snakes who are important players in our desert landscape.

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