Houliston has more than 20 years experience in the humane removal of errant wildlife. Nevertheless, nature can be totally unpredictable, so there are times when the expert has no idea about what he is going to be confronted with when he responds to a call. As a result, when Houliston went out to visit the moving-grass client, he had to face the fact that it could have been a snake out in the yard.
Thankfully, Ontario is home to just one venomous snake – the eastern Massasauga rattlesnake. Although the serpent can inject venom with its bite, it is actually quite a shy reptile, and it only strikes when disturbed. Nevertheless, people are still quite fearful of it, and it was possible that one was hissing on that suburban lawn.
But when Houliston arrived, there was no snake in sight, and nothing seemed to be amiss or going hiss. The only indication when the seasoned expert investigated the site of the incident was a faded patch of dead grass. But, nonetheless, there could always have been more to the lawn than there initially appeared to have been.