Friday, 6 April 2018

Snake season gets underway in Arizona, as temperatures begin to rise – via Herp Digest

3/23/18 Phoenix, AZ, KSAZ-TV - Spring weather means snake season in Arizona, and there's already a casualty.

On Thursday, a man was bitten by a rattlesnake while doing some work outside in Surprise. The man was taken to the hospital, and is expected to be OK.

The sound of a rattlesnake is something people may be familiar with, but it may be a sound people hope to never hear in their own home. As the weather warms up, however, rattlesnakes are making more guest appearances in Valley homes.

"Snakes have been spending the winter in a nice place where they can stay warm, and now that it's getting warm at night, they're feeling a little more adventurous," said Bryan Hughes, owner of Rattlesnake Solutions.

Hughes makes house calls to properly relocate snakes away from homes.

"Sometimes, homes have things that snakes like," said Hughes. "Water sources, rock piles, rodents, that kind of thing. Snakes are going to start showing up at those places.”

Phoenix is home to six different species of rattlesnake, and a bite isn't anyone's idea of a good time

"There's not a lot of deaths that happen in Arizona from it," said Hughes. "Doctors know what they're doing, but you're probably looking at a helicopter ride and a lot of money going to it."
A lot of bites are accidental, but sometimes, people just need to be smart

"A lot of people are bitten because they're doing something they shouldn't," said Hughes. "Parks like this, people see a rattlesnake, they toss pebbles at it, pick it up to get a picture, don't do that stuff that's what gets you in the hospital.”

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