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Video shows moment woman picks up rattlesnake, not dog toy

CALABASAS, Calif. -- A Southern California woman was rattled when she picked up what she thought was a dog toy -- only to find out it was a venomous snake.

Carla Portocarerro Rosso and her husband Ariel had just finished soaking in the hot tub at their Calabasas home when the terrifying encounter was captured on surveillance video.

Carla Portocarerro Rosso, dressed in a robe and flip-flops, was on her way inside when her husband asked her to bring the dog.

"She wouldn’t come, so I said, ‘Oh, there’s a toy over there’ and I went to grab it,” she told KTLA. "I grabbed it and I felt something gushy, and I said ‘Oh, my God.’"

Screaming loud enough to send the dog tearing back the way it came, Portocarerro Rosso dropped the snake and ran away, her knees pumping high in the air.

"I thought for some reason that it was all over me,” she remembered.

Portocarerro Rosso and her husband then called the fire department to take care of it.

"Oh, my God, I cannot believe my wife grabbed that thing with her hands,” Ariel said while rewatching her terrified reaction caught on camera.

Neither Portocarerro Rosso nor the dogs were injured.

“Definitely I’m going to be walking around with a flashlight,” Portocarerro Rosso said. “I know this is their habitat."