SEATTLE (AP) -- The director of the Seattle Animal Shelter has confirmed that a two-foot western rattlesnake was taking into custody after being found sunning itself on a rock wall.
The venomous snakes are native to Eastern Washington and rarely found in the wild on this side of the Cascades.
KING-TV reports (http://is.gd/PDAUBZ ) someone called animal control after seeing it last Saturday.
Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan says this is a good example of why people should be careful when approaching any snake. He says you never know what species may show up in Western Washington.
Authorities do not know how the snake arrived in Seattle and say it probably would not have survived the climate.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife sent the snake back to Eastern Washington on Wednesday.