Non-native Western rattlesnake shows up in Seattle

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SEATTLE — The Western rattlesnake is not native to Western Washington where it is usually too cool and damp, so no one knows how one came to be sunning itself on a rock wall in north Seattle.

KING reports that someone reported the snake Saturday to the Seattle Animal Shelter. The state Fish and Wildlife Department helped the shelter in moving the snake Wednesday to Eastern Washington where is should feel more at home.

The Western rattlesnake is classified as an exotic animal under the Seattle municipal code and is illegal within the city limits.