Rio Rancho Police Department Lieutenant Jacquelynn Reedy was on her way to work when she was flagged down by a family to assist them with an “interesting situation.”
According to a social media post from the RRPD on August 29, a snake had become entangled in the netting covering the family’s chicken coop.
From the image provided, it looks like a rattlesnake.
Rattlesnakes are extremely common in New Mexico, as many residents know. They are carnivorous and can get grow to six feet long.
According to National Geographic, the venom of rattlesnakes is a mixture of hemotoxins and neurotoxins, but are mostly hemotoxins. Hemotoxins target tissues and blood, causing hemorrhaging and necrosis. Their venom is really a cocktail of chemical elements. Neurotoxins target the nervous system, some of which can cause paralysis.
In this situation though, chickens and people were safe enough.
The snake was cut out of the netting and then released into a nearby field.