CALABASAS — A Calabasas woman got a big surprise when she reached down for what she thought was her dog’s rope toy.

It turned out to be a baby rattlesnake.

Carla Rosso and her husband Ariel had just gotten out of their backyard Jacuzzi.

Wrapped in a bathrobe, Carla tried to pick up what she thought was her dog Duchess’ rope toy.

She bent down and grasped the long, thin object.


Her home surveillance video shows her panicked reaction when she realized it was a snake. She dropped it immediately and high-stepped out of there in a hurry as Duchess tried to help.

“I grabbed it and as I was going up, I realized it was gushy and it had a feeling to it, like a hot dog sort of,” she recalled. “So I let it go. And for some reason, I thought it was still on me.

Ariel recalled hearing her yell.

“She wasn’t yelling that she saw a snake,” he said. “She was yelling that she picked up a snake. And it didn’t make sense. Who picks up a snake?”

They called Los Angeles County Fire to help out and firefighters destroyed the snake.

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