WATCH | Woman grabs what she thinks is a dog toy, turns out to be a snake

Posted at 9:19 AM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 09:19:43-04

That's not a toy!

One California woman got a big surprise when she reached down for what she thought was her dog's rope toy.

The whole thing was captured on surveillance video.

Carla Rosso and her husband Ariel had just gotten out of their backyard Jacuzzi.

She went to pick up what she thought was her dog Duchess' rope toy, but it turned out to be a baby rattlesnake!

She grasped the long, thin object., then panicked when she realized it was a snake.

She dropped it immediately and high-stepped out of there in a hurry, with her dog way ahead of her.

Los Angeles county firefighters came out and destroyed the snake. 

They say that baby rattlers are actually even more dangerous than adults because they can't control their venom.