‘This House Is on Top of a Rattlesnake Den’

West Texas property owners live with nature, even the venomous kind

Bobby Stevens, President of Reptile Rescue & Relocation in Ranger, Texas, extracts a western diamondback rattlesnake from a crawlspace near Breckenridge. (photo by Aaron Hedge)

There’s a dilapidated old house in West Texas with a labyrinth of holes underneath it. The gray-blue clapboard is weathering around the window fascia; the front door must be coaxed open with a credit card; the skirting is rotted out in places. The current foundation was poured…