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Now You See It: California woman finds 4-foot rattlesnake in house


OAK PARK, CA (KCAL/KCBS/CNN) - A California woman returned home and was frightened by an intruder.

No, it wasn't a burglar. It was a rattlesnake-- more than 4 feet long. The homeowner called 911 to report the intruder. Ventura County firefighters say its one of the biggest rattlesnakes they've ever encountered. Especially inside a home.

"I was shaking, sweating. I was scared," says homeowner Debbie Wittlin.

Wittlin says she screamed to her husband immediately after seeing the snake lying next to a window in their living room. They think it slithered through the front door left open for several minutes while they had been loading their cars.

"He took up the width of this windowsill and his little head. He was all the way down here and then he raised his head and his tongue came out," Wittlin says.

Firefighters soon arrived at the Oak Park home and that's when they could hear the snake rattling its tail.

"The size of this snake was very surprising to us. It actually was able to get inside," says Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Robert Wellsbie

Firefighters say they are used to dealing with snakes, which is even part of their emblem. But, they say, the drought has made this snake season one of the busiest ever.

"This year, we're up at about 100 calls for snakes just in the summertime alone," Wellsbie says.

Wittlin says she's lived in her home for 24 years and never encountered any snake, let alone one that made its way inside. But now, she's scared to open the front door.

"I may never go out the front door again," she says.

Ventura County firefighters say if you encounter a snake, especially one inside a home, call 911. But try not to take your eyes off of it.

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