A large snake was rescued from Pensacola Beach Tuesday near the Fort Pickens area.
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Saunders said some folks started calling for professional assistance, and it was a good thing, too, because she was only gonna get so close.
"We felt sorry for it, struggling like that," Saunders said. "But I certainly wasn't gonna help it out."
Saunders estimated the snake to be about 3 feet in length. She said the crowd gathering around her proclaimed it to be a diamondback rattlesnake.
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission could not definitively identify the snake based on Saunders' photo, which the News Journal sent to them in an email Wednesday afternoon.
Saunders said a woman with whom an Escambia County spokesperson later identified as animal control rescued the snake.
"She scooped him up with a long-handled net, and dropped him into a carrier," Saunders said. "Not much fight left in him."
Saunders noted that there were no lifeguards in the area at the time of the snake spotting.
"Won't forget that beach day!" Saunders exclaimed.