Snakes on a Patio? No Big Deal to Wisconsin Woman


By Becky Ogann

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - A 79-year-old Sheboygan woman who couldn't find any help when a rattlesnake showed up on her patio says it was no big deal taking matters into her own hands.

Margaret Street says she used an ice chopper to kill the snake with three cuts behind the head.

She made some calls hoping to find someone who could help her. She says when that failed she killed the snake because she was afraid it could hurt someone at a nearby elementary school.

Dale Katsma is with the state Department of Natural Resources. He says the massasauga rattlesnake is endangered in Wisconsin, but photos suggest this was a prairie rattlesnake, which isn't endangered or native to the area.

He tells The Sheboygan Press the snake may have been aboard a train bringing materials to a local salvage yard.

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