Rattlesnakes Slither Into One Odessa Neighborhood 9/28/13
CBS 7 News
September 28, 2013
ODESSA-One neighborhood in Odessa is beginning to see some unwanted creatures slither into town.
Walt Pierce killed a 5-foot rattlesnake yesterday and wants to warn neighbors before anyone gets bitten.
Pierce was on his way home when he noticed the snake moving across the road, near the corner of Giotto and Bastrop.
"I came down on the back of his neck [with a large stick], just behind his head like this, and that immobilized him…allowing me to come down on his head [with the stick]," said Pierce.
Pierce says the nearby construction is destroying these snakes natural habitat, forcing them into their neighborhood where many children play outdoors.
"I want to do everything I can to keep some little child from being bit, because a snake that size, with that much venom, can kill an infant or a young person, young baby almost immediately," said Pierce.
One neighbor says her husband recently killed a 3-foot rattlesnake in their backyard, and just two houses down baby rattlers were found, but she says she's not surprised.
"It's concerning, but for the most part we live in West Texas, and that's kind of something we teach our kids around here, they know. They watch animal planet and they know what to look out for," said nearby resident Caroline Ashburn.
Another neighbor had no clue there were rattlesnakes in the area.
"I'm glad you informed me, I would've never known and just let them, [my kids], play outside, but now I know to keep my eye out for rattlesnakes," said nearby resident Brittany Welborn.
Pierce, who has come in contact with plenty of rattlesnakes, says everyone needs to be careful when working on your yards, that's were they will be.
If you do come into contact with a rattlesnake, you're urged to contact animal control services at 432-368-3527.