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Jacksonville woman's encounter with 'giant' rattlesnake goes viral

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Imagine running into a six-foot-long rattlesnake in an open field. Scary, right? But that's exactly what happened to a Jacksonville woman and friends in the Oakleaf area Sunday.

Lindsey Nilsen uploaded three images and a video clip of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake to Facebook about 11:30 a.m. Monday. The post has been shared nearly 44,000 times since then.

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"Ain't he a beaut!!" Nilsen wrote, adding that the sighting was made near Argyle Forest Boulevard and Branan Field Road.

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"That is a big [expletive] rattlesnake right there, dude," a man can be heard saying in the video clip. "... Oh my god, that [expletive] is like six foot."

The snake can be seen lingering near the person filming the encounter before slithering off into taller grass in the distance.

Yikes! Jacksonville residents saw this giant rattlesnake in a field near Argyle Forest Boulevard and Branan Field Road...

Posted by WJXT4 Vic Micolucci on Monday, March 26, 2018

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