A Number Of Rattlesnakes Being Reported Locally

A Number Of Rattlesnakes Being Reported Locally

Although the weather has been cooler and wetter than last year wildlife officials are sharing a heads up that April is when snakes, including rattlers, begin to emerge. According to social media posts, locally, a number of rattlers have already been killed this month, mostly around wood piles and in barns. Rattlesnakes are widespread in California and can turn up around homes and yards, in brushy areas and under woodpiles. Most bites occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors. Last April was a very active one for rattlesnakes in both Amador and Calaveras counties, mainly due to warmer temperatures. Officials’ stress that rattlesnakes are generally not aggressive and will likely retreat if given room and not provoked or threatened. In fact, most bite casers happen when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally brushed against by someone walking or climbing. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Officials say it is time to be on the lookout for rattlesnakes and to not only give them a wide berth, know what to do in the event of a bite. Visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife Website for more information.

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