I Saw a Rattlesnake…Now What???

Sep 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Keeping Current Matters

Lots of homeowners in Sahuarita have been seeing rattlesnakes in their yards lately. 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???

Call 911. If you’re alone, call someone immediately. Get to a health-care facility as quickly as possible. Neglecting a snake 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 rattle snake 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.

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 line at 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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