CALIFORNIA. (KTXL) — One of the great parts of living in California is the countless places to enjoy the nature, however those looking to hit the trails should exercise caution as rattlesnakes are sharing those same natural spaces.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California is home to seven species of rattlesnakes that can be found from the coast to inland deserts and everywhere in between.
These snakes can also be found in urban areas, riverbanks, parks, golf courses, under wood piles and in bushy yards.
According to fish and wildlife, rattlesnakes are generally not aggressive and will avoid people and will retreat if they are given space to move and are not provoked or threatened.
A rattlesnake may not always rattle before it strikes and may not deliver a venomous bite as a warning because it venom creation takes a lot of energy from the snake, according to fish and wildlife.
Here are some tips on ways to be safe during rattlesnake season:
- Stay alert when outdoors
- Wear sturdy boots and loose-fitting long long pants
- Do not wear sandals or flip-flops in bushy areas
- Stay on well-used trials
- Check rocks, stumps or logs before sitting down
- Shake out sleeping bags and tents before use
- Do not grab sticks in water because rattlesnakes can swim
What to do if you are bit by a rattlesnake:
- Stay calm but act quickly
- Remove items which may constrict swelling
- Transport victim to the nearest medical facility
- Do not apply a tourniquet
- Do not pack the bite area in ice
- Do not cut the wound with a knife or razor
- Do not use your mouth to suck out the venom
Although rattlesnakes can pose a threat to humans, they play a vital role in their ecosystems by maintaining a healthy rodent and small mammal population, according to fish and wildlife