Arizona Cardinals' J.J. Watt humbled after 'baby rattlesnake' encounter

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Arizona Cardinals' J.J. Watt took to Twitter Saturday morning to request some help after finding a "baby rattlesnake" in the bathroom of his house.

"Alright Arizona, this is a new one for me," he tweeted. "I’ve got a baby rattlesnake in my bathroom. What do I do?"

The replies flowed in on social media, with some not-so-serious and serious advice for the Cardinals defensive lineman.

Among the serious advice?

Call some experts to deal with that matter, which is what Watt ended up doing.

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Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt walks the sideline during the team's NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Watt provided a humbling update on the incident via video on Twitter Saturday afternoon.

"Alright, here's an update on the snake situation," Watt said. "For those of you who don't know, woke up this morning, went into the bathroom. Found a baby rattlesnake in the corner of the bathroom, curled up in the corner.  I'm from Wisconsin, I don't have a lot of experience with snakes. Couple garden snakes here or there, couple in Houston, but don't know a lot about snakes. Don't know how to handle snakes. Not a big fan of snakes. When I got down here to Arizona, everybody said 'watch out for the scorpions and watch out for the rattlesnakes, they live close to the mountains, there's going to be snakes. Monsoon season brings out the snakes. Stay away from rattle snakes. Babies are the most venomous rattlesnakes because they don't know how to handle their venom. They shoot it all in their first bite.' So I got all of this stuff in my head. So I call a guy, I don't know what to do. So, I call this guy and he comes out to the house and he takes a look at it and he just picks it up with his bare hands. And he goes 'ah, it's not a rattlesnake. It's a long nose snake. Completely harmless.' And then he left.

"So, if you ever want to feel like a wimp, that's the way to do it."

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