The other day, my dog was freaking out and barking at the fence. She doesn't usually bark at all. She was barking at a metal pipe that was from an old chain link fence. I thought it was a lizard or something, so I was searching through the grass with my hands and a flashlight (don't ever do that, I wasn't thinking) but I never found anything. She has been acting like this for several days, barking at or around the fence in the same spot. Especially when anyone would go by the fence. Then tonight she was acting even crazier than ever, barking at the fence and she wouldn't stop. My sister was inside the house and came out to see what was wrong. She heard the rattling and there was a young rattlesnake a little over a foot long, right where my dog has been barking for the past few days. Me and my parents were on the other side of the fence and we were coming home, but we heard the rattling and my sister screamed to us not to come. My dad grabbed a shovel (that was thankfully nearby) and he chopped off its head and it squirmed for over a half an hour. I was scared that my dog was bitten, but she wasn't. She's fine. To any snake lovers- please don't hate me, but I'd rather have a snake dead than my baby sister. So everyone- watch where you step and be careful!