Bert captures a green mojave rattlesnake, washes out her mouth

Filmed by Stephanie Smith

Using a golf club and pillowcase, our Joshua Tree friend Bert captures what seems to be a venomous Western Diamond-backed rattlesnake (there’s many names for this girl — Pacific rattler, etc.) turned out to be a Green Mojave rattlesnake that I’d come across this morning while doing chores. She was hanging out in a shallow rodent’s burrow in the sand beneath the aviary wire bottom of our GrowShack, probably sleeping after a night of hunting. Bert, a devoted and knowledgeable friend of snakes, was here within two hours to help. Less than five minutes after arriving, he’d successfully captured the animal—and washed the sand out of its mouth that had got in there during the capture.

Bert will relocate the animal to suitable terrain where she’s much less likely to come in contact with humans. Everyone wins. Special thanks to our friend Thomas from the Barnraisers, who passed us Bert’s cel phone number.

More info on this rattlesnake:

In March, Bert helped us relocate another green mojave: Click here to read about it.

About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in with Stephanie Smith.
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