Wranglers find 68-inch rattlesnake under back deck

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Ryan Cook captured the 68-inch rattler (WGNO)

NEW ORLEANS — Animal wranglers pulled a 5 1/2-foot rattlesnake from beneath a deck in New Orleans East Wednesday afternoon.

The 68-inch Canebrake Rattlesnake was spotted behind a home near Michoud Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway after a rainstorm, according to Hannah Lawing of Gulf Coast Wildlife Removal.

The Canebrake Rattlesnake is one of only a few rattlesnake species native to Louisiana, and this one was a particularly large specimen.

The snake, which had to be killed due to its aggressive nature and venomous bite, had 13 rattles on its tail.

The number of rattles, Lawing said, indicates the number of times the snake has shed its skin.

“So needless to say, this snake was old,” she said.

It was also the first rattlesnake that Gulf Coast Wildlife Removal owner Ryan Cook had ever had to deal with in Louisiana.

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