Department Of Fish & Game Reminds Public To Be Rattlesnake Safe

Big Bear Valley, CA, May 7, 2012, noon – As the weather gets warm, humans are not the only species coming out to enjoy the sun. Snakes, too, can be found basking in the sunshine. Although most snakes in the state are harmless, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) reminds the public to stay clear of the venomous rattlesnake and know what to do if one strikes. All of California is considered snake country. You don’t even have to be outdoors to discover a snake. They can be found in a garden, and sometimes right in your garage, but there is no need to panic. Snakes play an important role in the ecosystem, including keeping the rodent population under control. Rattlesnakes are generally not aggressive and usually strike only when threatened or deliberately provoked. Given room, they will retreat. Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing. On rare occasions, rattlesnakes can cause serious injury to humans. The California Poison Pontrol Center says rattlesnakes account for more than 800 bites each year in the U.S., with one or two deaths. The potential of running into a rattlesnake should not deter anyone from venturing outdoors, but there are precautions that can be taken to reduce the chance of being bitten. The information provided below will help you identify a rattlesnake, there’s...

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