Learning to Capture and Relocate Rattlesnakes on Fort Hunter Liggett

By Cynthia McIntyreFebruary 22, 2021

A class in handling, relocating, and understanding rattlesnakes was given in the Directorate of Emergency Services classroom on Fort Hunter Liggett, California, Feb. 8, 2021. Dr. Emily Taylor, professor of herpetology and biological sciences at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, and owner of Central Coast Snake Services, taught the class and guided students with hands-on training on safely capturing and relocating a live but mellow rattlesnake named Buzz. (Yes, he was fully equipped with venom.) They also had a chance to touch the snake once its head was safely in a tube. Students received a certificate on safe handling of a rattlesnake.