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Woman Bitten By A Rattlesnake In Her Own Bathroom

    There are a lot of different types of animals that live in the canyons of Anaheim Hills. These canyons are also home to Southern Pacific and Red Diamondback Rattlesnakes. It’s not uncommon for residents to see these snakes on their driveways and sidewalks. But, you don’t often you hear of them getting inside of these homes.

    Recently, a rattlesnake managed to make its way into the home of a 66 year old woman. The snake entered the bathroom and coiled up under the sink. When the woman entered the bathroom, the snake dropped to the floor and it started slithering across the floor, in plain sight. The snake then made its move and bit the woman’s foot.rattlesnake-warning-sign

    By the time Animal Control officers arrived at the scene, the woman had already been taken to the hospital.

    “The son had closed the bathroom door and stuffed a towel underneath the door so it couldn’t exit,” said Katie Ingram of Orange County Animal Care.

    The snake was captured by an animal control officer and it was later released in an area, miles away.

    Snakes become more active during our hot weather and are looking for food. Animal control officers suggest that residents of the canyons trim back shrubbery and seal openings and cracks in homes. Large piles of plants and other materials should also be removed.

    Peter Sang has lived in this neighborhood for nearly 20 years. He said that many of his neighbors, including the woman who was bitten by the snake, often leave their garage doors open during the day. Keeping these doors closed and making sure they are properly sealed is a “no brainer”.