All of the snakes were North Pacific rattlesnakes, the only poisonous snake found in northern California, he said.
Wolf, who has rescued snakes for 32 years and has been bitten 13 times, said he answered calls for snakes under houses in 17 counties and had seen dozens of them in one place in the wild but never under a house .
He said he releases rattlesnakes in the wild away from people and sometimes on private land when ranchers ask them for pest control.
Wolf said there are plans to return home before the end of the month to see if more snakes have arrived.
“We know it’s already a den because of the babies and the number of females I’ve found,” he said.
Rattlesnakes typically hibernate from October to April and seek out rocks to hide under and warm places and return to the same spot year after year. The owners did not remove any stones when they built the house, making it an attractive location for reptiles, Wolf said.
“The snakes have found the house to be a great place for them because the rocks offer them protection, but the house also protects them from humidity during the winter, so it is double insulation for them,” he said. he declared.
Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press