That’s the title bestowed on Tyler by friends after the 53-year-old welder from Merritt Island came across a six-foot-long diamondback rattlesnake, pinned it down with his boot and slashed off its head with the stroke of a knife.
“It was a huge, beautiful diamondback,” Tyler said Friday, describing his encounter. “If it belonged to someone, it doesn’t now.”
Tyler said he spotted the snake — known for its distinct crosshatch skin patterns, warning tail rattles and deadly bite — about 5 p.m. Wednesday while driving along Captain’s Row, a riverside community located on the north side of the Merritt Island Causeway.
Tyler said the venomous snake was crawling its way past the home of a woman who owned several small kittens.
Rather than call authorities, Tyler, who said he once caught another large snake over two decades ago near a school, decided to kill the animal on his own rather than risk it slithering away.
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