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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rattlesnake Season is Here

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Yes, it’s rattlesnake season in San Diego County. Most bites from the four species of rattlesnakes that live in Southern California occur between the months of April and October, with May being the month with the highest number.

Rattlesnakes typically come out of hibernation in the spring, which is also their breeding season. You can discourage rattlesnakes from taking up residence in your yard by getting rid of wood piles, mice and rats.

If you see a rattlesnake on your property, keep an eye on it from a safe distance and call County Animal Services at (619) 236-2341.  They will capture the snake and remove it to an area where it doesn’t pose a risk to the public.

To prevent snakebites, herpetologists say to keep your children and pets close to you on walks and hikes. Wear boots or other closed toed shoes and don't under any circumstances pick up a snake - even if it looks like its dead.
A couple of other snake bite don'ts:
Do not apply a tourniquet, do not try to put heat or ice on the wound and do not give the victim alcohol, coffee or any medication. For more info online:

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