Rattlesnakes in the Tucson, AZ desert
Rattlesnakes in the Tucson, AZ desert can be as close as your back yard. According to the national weather bureau, Tucson received more spring rain this year than past. And in the Tucson, AZ desert areas, we can expect snakes to be around until the cold weather days appear, generally late October. Experts say there is a connection between rain and rattlesnakes: the more rain, the more vegetation; The more plants, the more rodents; the more rodents, the more snakes.
I have never seen a live rattlesnake in the wild – but after doing a little research on the subject for this blog, found that the average person who is bitten is not from Arizona, and the majority of those people have actually “stepped” on the snake. So, visitors, watch where you are walking!!
Here is a quick list of preventative measures to help avoid encountering Rattlesnakes in the Tucson, AZ desert and city proper:
1. Keep the brush and debris trimmed around your property and discard items that might provide cover for rodents. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
2. Snakes love to lay in the shade on a sunny day. Avoid picking up rocks that snakes could be hiding under.
3. Stay on pathways and wear sturdy, high top hiking shoes. Carry a walking stick.
4. If you come upon rattlesnakes in the Tucson, AZ desert or along your favorite walking path, slowly back away or stay very still. Most snakes won’t follow you – they tend to bite defensively.
5. Attend rattlesnake avoidance programs at your local pet stores if you walk your dogs. Keep them leashed. (the dogs...., not the rattlesnake)
What to do if you’re bitten by a Tucson, AZ desert Rattlenake:
- Call 911 or get to a hospital or urgent care center immediately (within 2 hours)
- Remain as calm as possible, immobilizing the bitten area to keep poison from coursing through your body, keeping the area at or below heart level
- Cleanse the wound, but don't flush it with water. Cover it lightly.
- Don't use a tourniquet or ice bag
- Don't attempt to remove the venom in any manner
- Stay away from sodas or alcoholic beverages after being bitten
- Try to remember the rattlesnake’s color and shape so you can describe it to your medical practitioner
We had a beautiful, blooming spring. So remember - rain equals flowers, equals rodents, equals rattlesnakes. Be aware and beware!!
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