From Mary Ann Amos in Monte Sereno: Neighbors,
Dave killed a rattlesnake this afternoon in our front courtyard, eye to eye with one of our cats. The snake had six rattles that he was using in an effort to frighten the cat who was seemingly just curious. I am passing this along because it is the first time we have seen a rattler in this neighborhood. We have seen several other nonpoisonous varieties in Monte Sereno and hope they are busy keeping down the population of pack rats and mice.