'Rare Sight': Baby Rattlesnake Slithers After Adult at California Ranch

A tiny baby rattlesnake closely followed an adult in a “very rare” sighting at a California ranch.

Footage of the sighting, filmed by Ashley McLaughlin at her family’s ranch in Summit Valley last summer, recently gained traction after being posted to Facebook by So-Cal Rattlesnake Removal on August 25.

“I was walking to the mailbox with my son when we were approached by a mama and baby rattlesnake,” McLaughlin told Storyful.

“We have tons of rattlesnakes out here but I’ve never seen the two together,” she said

So-Cal Rattlesnake Removal owner Alex Trejo told Newsweek that it was the first time he had ever seen anything like it, describing the sighting as “very rare behavior”.

“And as far as studies have shown, there isn’t much data on behavior like this, we assume that after a while babies will depart and become independent,” he said. Credit: Ashley McLaughlin via Storyful

Video transcript

- Oh my God, you guys. Look at this huge rattlesnake and the baby. I don't know what to do. I have no idea what to do right now. I don't understand. Maverick, see the snake? Look it. Owies. Owies. You see it, honey?

- No.

- Holy crap. Ew, look at the baby one.

- Cute baby.

- OK. Well.

- OK.

- Honey, you have to be so careful.

- OK. OK. OK.

- Well, I'm not getting the mail now because I'm freaked out. So.