Outdoorsmen see a lot of crazy things, but have you ever seen a pink rattlesnake?
Rattlesnakes can be a common sight for people who spend a lot of time in the outdoors down south and out west. Most people try to avoid them altogether when out and about, but there are those who do dumb things to endanger themselves and wildlife. Such as getting close enough to spray paint a rattlesnake pink.
That is what one person did near a construction site in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jim Dix, the Director of Reptile Rescue, believes it was one of the construction workers using ground marking equipment who painted the rattlesnake pink.
Not only was it a dangerous attempt by the person who pulled the stunt, but it is a even greater danger to the snake. By doing this, the snake is made more visible to predators and prey, making the snake more likely to be eaten, or starve from not being able to catch a meal. The rattlesnake was also partially blinded by the paint, which makes it more aggressive towards any movement it does see.
In the state of Utah it is illegal to harm snakes in the wild and it listed as a class B misdemeanor. If you have a rattlesnake on your property that will not leave Dix pleads that you call his team. They remove rattlesnakes and return them to the wild at no charge.