Rattlesnakes are part of our landscape, and while they are indeed poisonous, they need not be feared and killed, but can be relocated to less populous areas. We hear more about them today from a man who does just that, and is known as Sonoma County's “snake whisperer.”
Rattlesnakes and gopher snakes are often confused, but Al Wolfe, Founder and Director of Sonoma County Reptile Rescue, explains that the poisonous rattler can be readily distinguished if you know what to look for.
In a lifetime of snake handling, North Bay native Wolfe has been bitten on 13 separate occasions. But he recalls that one early time was doubly painful.