I saw a Rattlesnake… Now What???

Mar 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Homeowner Advice

Rattlesnake awareness | Sahuarita | The Sahuarita ConnectionAs our “winter” is coming to an end, the rattlers are starting to come out of hibernation. According to Mark Murphy of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, more than 200 people are bitten by rattlesnakes in Arizona each year. To avoid adding yourself to that number, be aware of your surroundings and follow these simple tips:

• If you see a snake, leave the area. Don’t try to get a picture, pick it up, throw things at it, or even watch it. If the snake is very close and you think you’re within striking range, avoid sudden movements. If the snake doesn’t slither away, very slowly move away from it.

The Snake Bit Me…Now What???
• If you’re alone, call someone immediately. Get to a health-care facility as quickly as possible. Neglecting a bite can lead to severe tissue damage and bleeding disorders.
• Mythbusters time: Contrary to folklore, don’t apply ice, suck out the venom, use a tourniquet or cut the flesh around the bite…ouch! You also don’t need to capture the snake to bring with you to the doctor. All rattlesnake bites are treated the same way.

My Dog Wants To Play With Snakes….Now What???
Snakes look like toys to your dog, so turn to the pros and enroll your dog in a rattlesnake avoidance training class.  The Jimmydog Company is offering a class in Sahuarita Saturday April 24th at 1:00pm for $65 per dog (includes follow up re-test).  Call 360-5026 to sign up.

There is a snake on my property…. Now What???
Rural Metro will remove rattlesnakes at no charge for subscribers. Call Rural Metro’s non-emergency 624-9913 for assistance.

Snakebite information
Call 1-800-222-1222 anytime for information on snakebites. The line is operated by the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.

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