My nephew lives in Arizona with his wife and 2 kids. They recently built a beautiful new house, but like so many rural areas of the country, there were animals who lived there first.
One evening they returned home and discovered a young rattlesnake curled up on their front step. I’m sure it was innocently enjoying the remainder of the day’s warmth captured in the concrete. After sending his wife and children inside through the garage, Chip attacked it with a shovel (yikes!) but fortunately for the rattlesnake his aim was off. He eventually called on his neighbor, a fireman, to handle the situation.
Since Chip has 2 young children, he now has to patrol the backyard before the kids go out to play. That’s something we never worried about back in Ohio!