Venomous Rattlesnake 'Den' Found Inside Garden Sofa by Woman While Cleaning

A California homeowner was shocked to discover a "den site" of rattlesnakes on her garden furniture while hosing it down.

Volunteer snake wrangler Bruce Ireland shared the moment he removed the snakes in a viral video posted to TikTok six days ago. The post has since gained over 1 million views.

Ireland works in San Diego, attending to calls from homes across the county to capture and release unwanted snakes on properties with his business, Snake Wranglers.

"I got a call, the lady says she was hosing off outdoor furniture, said she hasn't used it in a while, she heard what she thought was a rattlesnake," he narrated as he approached the furniture in the video.

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Stock image of a western diamondback rattlesnake. A California homeowner was shocked to discover a "den site" of rattlesnakes on her garden furniture while hosing it down. Getty Images

Ireland peeled the cover of the sofa using a tool, revealing multiple snakes on top of the sofa. "That is a lot of rattlesnakes," he said, before picking them up and placing them into a bucket one by one.

"Look at the size of this one," he said, lifting the first snake straight into the bucket. The second, however, wasn't as easy to place into the bucket. Instead, it attempted to avoid being moved at all costs, wriggling its body around.

A third snake slithered away, hiding behind the cushions of the sofa. According to comments left by the wrangler, there was another snake under the other side which they didn't manage to get on video, making it a total of four snakes.

"My most ever was 11," Ireland said. "But it was a mom and 10 brand new babies."

In another comment, the snake wrangler labeled the rescue one of his favorite calls ever.

Coastal regions of San Diego county are home to three different kinds of rattlesnake: the western rattlesnake, the speckled rattlesnake and the red diamond rattlesnake. The rattlesnake is one of four major types of venomous snakes in the United States, according to San Diego Natural History Museum.

Snake Wranglers got its start with a happy accident in 2020, when Ireland noticed an influx of residents asking for advice on how to handle snakes in their yards. As a "long-time animal lover with a special affection for reptiles" he "thought that there must be a better way to handle this problem."

With all the snake-catching tools needed on hand, Ireland volunteered online to remove any unwanted snakes for free, capturing them and relocating them to a remote place where they would likely not come into contact with humans.