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A rattling surprise: Viper found outside Quincy home

The rattlesnake was found on Grove Street Thursday afternoon.

Quincy Police

The rattlesnake was found on Grove Street Thursday afternoon.

Some Quincy locals had a bit of a scare when they spotted a timber rattlesnake outside their home Thursday evening, police said.

Right before 7 p.m., a resident of Grove Street called police about the snake, according to Quincy Police Captain John Dougan.

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Dougan said police called Massachusetts Environmental Police, who released the snake back into the Blue Hills Reservation, where the snakes can commonly be found.

Dougan speculated that the snake may have been searching for water in the drought and ventured into the Quincy neighborhood.

Olivia Quintana can be reached at olivia.quintana@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @oliviasquintana.
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