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Woman Picks Up Rattlesnake Instead Of Dog Toy On Video

One woman recently got the scare of a lifetime when she picked up what she thought was her dog's toy rope.

However, it was not.

It was an actual living, slithering rattlesnake.

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According to California news station KRON4, the Calabasas local, Carla Portocarerro Rosso, had just finished relaxing in her hot tub for the night when the unfortunate incident — captured by home security cameras — occurred.

In the footage, a super relaxed Carla, clad in a white robe post-hot tub sesh, can be seen walking into the frame, presumably calling after her pup, Dutchess.

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She excitedly walks toward the rope-shaped creature, still thinking it's her German Shepard's toy.

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And then, within seconds, she's holding the snake she thought belonged to Dutchess.

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It's at this point when Carla totally loses it.

She told KRON4:

I picked it up and it felt squishy, that's when I realized it wasn't the rope.

I seriously cannot even imagine how scary this must've been considering it was dark and she probably had no idea WTF was happening.

Dutchess then runs up like, "Where's my toy?!"

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And they both take off running in the other direction toward Carla's husband, Ariel, who was still in the hot tub.

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The couple reportedly called for help, and the local fire department handled the situation from there.

Afterward, Ariel took to YouTube to upload his wife's now-viral reaction to holding the rattlesnake.

He teased her in the video description, writing:

If you are going to pick your dog's toy in the dark, make sure it's not a live rattlesnake! Thankfully my wife Carla was not bit, but she needs to work on running away skills!
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Poor Carla! Thankfully, she and Dutchess escaped the rattler unscathed.

Watch the full 12-second video, below.

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Stay safe this summer, everyone.