It’s that time of year again when hikers, walkers, runners, and bicyclists need to be on the lookout for rattlesnakes! With spring being here and warmer weather conditions, residents are urged to take extra precautions when they are out enjoying parks, trails, and even their own backyards. Rattlesnake "season" is typically April through October. During the hottest part of the day, snakes may be found in cool, shady areas. They may also turn up around homes and yards in brushy areas under woodpiles. Although generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes will strike when they are threatened or provoked. They usually retreat if they can. Always check areas where kids will be out playing, and where you park your car. Our rural community is where these native creatures reside.
Being educated about the danger of snake bites and knowing what to do if you or your pet are bitten will help you be better prepared to protect yourself and your friends and family. Remember to leash your dog and watch them closely because they are at increased risk of coming in contact with a snake due to their habit of sniffing the ground while exploring the outdoors. Keep them leashed, inspect their surroundings, and speak to your veterinarian about canine rattlesnake vaccines and what to do if your pet is bitten.
Review the snake season safety tips at the link below to keep you safe this rattlesnake season.