Living With Rattlesnakes in Sonoma County

Jun 19, 2017

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake

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.”

The Northern Pacific rattlesnake is the most commonly found variety in California, with a large range as shown in this map.

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.