Expecting mother finds massive rattlesnake in Mira Mesa yard

County has received 921 rattlesnake calls in 2017
Posted at 6:41 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 14:34:22-04

MIRA MESA, Calif., (KGTV) — The San Diego County Department of Animal Services said they've received 921 calls regarding rattlesnakes this year, which is up from 725 from the same time last year.

“It was about as tall as I am and it was pretty terrifying,” said Sarah Guthals.

She said she discovered a large rattlesnake hiding in a bush in her backyard Wednesday afternoon.

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“When he picked it up, it was about five feet long,” said Guthals.

She said the animal control officer who captured it told her it was the biggest one he’d seen all year.

Animals Services said the rattlesnake population is dependent on a variety of factors, including food. The more mice and rats around typically means more rattlesnakes.

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Gutturals said the discovery is a bit unnerving because she is expecting her first child in a few months and they’ve been working to make their backyard safer.

“Now I'm even more terrified.” said Guthals.