Woman picks up deadly rattlesnake thinking it was a toy

SHE just wanted to clean up her driveway.

California woman Carla Rosso had just hopped out of her hot tub when she spotted something laying on her driveway.

Figuring that Duchess the dog had left out a rope or toy, she leaned down to grab it.

But what she picked up was a deadly baby rattlesnake.

"I grabbed it and as I was going up, I realised it was gushy and it had a feeling to it, like a hot dog sort of," she told ABC EyeWitness News.

"So I let it go.

"And for some reason I thought it was still on me."

The video of the woman's panic has now landed on YouTube and surprise, surprise, it has viewed almost 200,000 times.

News Corp Australia