I kept the rattlesnake overnight, in the snake bin, with several large rocks on the lid. Since I caught him in the afternoon, I didn’t want to risk releasing him with so little time to find shelter before nightfall. Plus, I was pretty sure I could catch him a mouse overnight and sure enough, I did.
As soon as I dropped the dead mouse in the bin, the snake pounced on it and ate it! Too cool. No wonder he was so grumpy yesterday. He probably just woke up from a long winter’s nap and he was HUNGRY!
After breakfast, I drove him down the road aways from my place, away from anybody’s place and released him near some rocks, where I hope he’ll find a good enough home that he won’t come back to mine.