#WildlifeWednesday - Sent in today from our friends at Rancho MCC who unexpectedly received this enclosed juvenile Southern Pacific Rattlesnake from a local. You can quickly identify a rattlesnake by its rattle if one is present (some may be damaged or too young to have a fully developed rattle) and also by the shape of its head. The triangular head on this one clearly shows where its venomous glands are located. It appears to have a button which is the first segment of the rattle. As it grows, it will gain a new segment to the rattle each time it sheds its skin.
We advise that you never attempt to approach and capture a rattlesnake as the person who did so with this one. You risk being bitten and potentially harming the snake. A professional herpetologist has been contacted to come and properly release this little guy into the wild. #rmvreserve