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A fun thing I did while I lived in San Antonio was to go on
"snake calls." Basically, my herp
club works with the Police Department and county sheriffs to
remove snakes from people's houses.
Some people kill any snake they see. Others are too
afraid to get near them, and some people actually want the snake
relocated without having it killed. The people in the last
two categories are the ones who call for assistance. Usually
they call 911, or the police or sheriffs directly. Those
calls in turn are referred to the herp club.
Most of the calls I received were for rattlesnakes, because to
most people, any snake with any sort of pattern on its back is a
"rattlesnake." Additionally, they would mention
the snake rattling its tail. This is not necessarily
indicative of a rattlesnake, since many harmless species rattle
their tail quite convincingly, in an effort to get the would-be
predator (or person) to leave it alone.
I successfully found 24 snakes on these calls in the space of
about a year and a half. I did not respond to some
calls--the snake was either already gone before I arrived or was
confirmed to be a harmless snake.