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January 16, 2008 > Tenant leaves behind rattlensake

Tenant leaves behind rattlensake

BELOIT, Wis. (AP), Jan 05 _ Authorities are looking for anti-venum syrum and someone, anyone, to take a rattlesnake off their hands.

The Rock County Humane Society confiscated a footlong baby Western Diamondback rattlesnake found in a vacated home in Beloit late Thursday.

James Hurley, of the humane society, said a landlord contacted the Beloit Police Department after discovering the snake left behind at the home. Hurley said they found the snake inside in an aquarium and were surprised it was a rattlesnake.

``We get these kinds of calls all the time,'' Hurley said. ``We thought maybe it was a python, or something else, because no one has rattlesnakes. They're no good.''

Police are following up because of the city ordinance against housing an exotic animal, said Police Capt. Bill Tyler. He said citations are typically given out.

Meanwhile, the humane society is trying to get someone to take the venomous snake away.

Hurley said the Western Diamondback, which is not native to Wisconsin, could grow to up to 6 feet long as an adult.

He said on Friday he was contacting local hospitals to get anti-venom serum, just in case the snake bites anyone.

``I like to be proactive,'' he said.

The humane society doesn't generally euthanize snakes, especially in this case, when the snake is dangerous, he said.

``Normally, to euthanize something, we've got to put our hands on it,'' he said. ``Nobody's touching this. The things we euthanize generally can't harm us, but he can euthanize us as much as we can euthanize him.''


Information from: Beloit Daily News,

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