We had another rattlesnake in the yard today. difficult child 1 found it curled up on a rock next to the coop. By the time I got my shoes on and ran out to the yard, husband had scared it back into some bushes and probably down a hole that we couldn't see. So I was a little annoyed, because now who knows where it will turn up -- at least if I'd seen it I could have had a shot at getting rid of it. He said it was pretty big -- at least 3 feet, maybe 4 and very big around. So the chickens were confined to their run today and the cats didn't go out (besides, they keep finding baby birds, so they need to stay in another week or so until all the chicks have learned to fly). And the kids stayed clear of the area. Later on I was climbing around the area with my boots on and there was nothing there. Like I said, it's either found a hole or it slithered off somewhere else. We've been clearing the charred remains of brush and wood from the November wildfire off the back hillside for the last few weeks. I'm amazed we haven't seen one until now with all the warm weather we've been having.