When the weather starts to cool down, the snakes comes out!
Rattlesnake season is here for Arizona. Usually in September, more people call to report snake bites. Sometimes, rattlesnakes give off a warning by making a rattling noise, but that’s not always the case. Snakes are active all summer, but they come out more often in September as the weather cools down, which results in more people getting bit. We’ve noticed quite a few outside our studio, as you can see in the video above.
According to the University of Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, there are 17 different types of rattlesnakes in Arizona. Some of the common physical characteristics they all share are Triangular heads, Cat-like Pupils, and Foldable Fangs.
IF YOU ARE BITTEN:
- Don’t use ice or electricity.
- Don’t use constricting bands or suction. Using “extractors” does not remove a significant amount of venom and the process can increase tissue damage.
- Don’t give alcohol or medication.
- Don’t wait to see if you get symptoms.
- Don’t try to catch the snake.
- The snake may bite again.
- Capture will delay your getting to the hospital.
- Treatment will be the same no matter which kind of rattlesnake bit you.
- Do relax and move as little as possible.
- Do remove tight clothing, shoes or jewelry from the bitten limb.
- DO GO to the nearest medical facility immediately.