Alert....The Warm Weather is Already Causing Rattlesnake Bites

Alert....The Warm Weather is Already Causing Rattlesnake Bites

Snakes in the Inland Empire of California

Snakes are found throughout the world and snake bites are extremely common. Typically the most common and dangerous in the U.S. are the rattlesnakes which can cause severe tissue problems and sometimes death.

The weather is warming up and rattlesnakes are waking up and creeping around so beware. In San Bernardino Count, the rattlers of San Gorgonio Pass emerge from hibernation; authorities are dealing with frequent medical emergencies when the venomous snakes and people fail to keep away from one another.

The California Poison Control Center records about 800 bites each year statewide, with one to two deaths, according to Dept. of Fish and Game.

Locally, San Bernardino & Riverside County, CA, bite victims are treated with medical care with anti-venom serum in the emergency room at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where Dr. Sean Bush, an Envenomation specialist, has worked since 1992. Dr. Bush is also kindly nicknamed “The Snake Doctor”. Dr. Bush is also a regular on “The Animal Planet”.

A snake bite can cause nerve and tissue damage and blood-clotting problems. Bush treats dozens of Inland residents each year from spring to fall, from the time the snakes awaken from their winter hibernation until they return underground for another winter.

The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that in warm weather rattlesnakes are also active at night, when they hunt and eat rodents, other reptiles, and insects.

The Loma Linda emergency room doctor's advice "To avoid snakebites, leave snakes alone," Bush advises on the Loma Linda Hospital website. "Don't handle or try to kill a rattlesnake. That's how many people get bitten."

Fangs can still inject venom even after a snake is believed to be dead, Bush says. Snakes that were presumed to be dead have killed people. If you see a snake in the wild, maintain a distance of at least six feet.

Six species of rattlesnakes slither in and around Inland Southern California. The most common rattlesnake in western San Bernardino and Riverside counties, including San Gorgonio Pass, is the Southern Pacific rattlesnake. Other area rattlesnakes are the Red Diamond, Western Diamondback, Sidewinder, Southwestern Speckled and the Mojave Green. The Mojave rattlesnake is known as the deadliest in the United States: Its venom can paralyze and kill.

**Snakes are one of the scariest animals on earth and they truly are dangerous, killing over 100,000 people worldwide each year. This is many more people than die from all other animal attacks combined. "Look but don't touch," Bush advises. "Snakes are amazing creatures that deserve our respect."

 

Places to Look: Authorities advise to stay vigilant if you don’t want to be bitten? Rattlesnakes don't always rattle a warning. Don't wear shorts and sandals when hiking or walking in snake territory. Rattlesnakes linger in tall grass, near woodpiles, around rocks, under garden shrubs, against a house foundation. They like to find a cool, shady place in the summer heat. Keep your eyes and ears open when gardening in your yard also. Make sure to check out your garages, porches, under shady cool bushes or trees and keep vents closed from outside or covered with heavy mesh.

Winter rains and melting snow is a clue we will have a snake boom this summer. Animal control officers consider rattlesnake incidents to be priority, public-safety calls. They use snake tongs and long sticks with loops to remove a snake. Don’t touch a rattlesnake, and keep a safe distance if you come across one in your travels.

If you find a rattlesnake, call 9-1-1 and they will dispatch an Animal Control Officer to remove the snake safely.

Alert....The Warm Weather is Already Causing Rattlesnake Bites

**I came across this snake a few days ago while hiking in the hills of Yucaipa, CA. Though it is not a rattlesnake, its bite will do severe tissue damage. this snake is called a Rosy Boa and was really big though I did not get a good picture of the entire snake.

 

***If you do get bitten, don't attempt first-aid or tourniquets but keep the bitten area below the heart, remove all rings and watches that might constrict swelling, and get to a hospital emergency room quickly. “Stay Calm” and call 9-1-1 ASAP.

 

Watch the video of Dr. Bush who is kindly nicknamed “the snake doctor”.

 

Watch Out for Rattlesnakes...Calling Dr. Sean Bush aka "The Snake Doctor"

 

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Comment balloon 13 commentsKristin Hamilton CA Realtor • May 30 2014 03:31PM

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Therea re lots of things that being bitten is not an issue but when its a Rattler its definitely a potential  problem

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 4 years ago

I am not afraid of snakes BUT I respect them. I give them plenty of space to go where they want as long as it is not in my direction. I have never been bitten but I bet it would hurt like crazy!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 4 years ago

Great awareness blog Kristin. This is helpful. Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend.

Posted by Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker (BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253) over 4 years ago

Hi David,

I am always listening for snakes when I am out hiking. 

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 4 years ago

Hi Sussie,

I try to stay away from them and took this picture from my car.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 4 years ago

Hi Patty,

Reminders about snakes in warm weather is good as they have woken up and are hungry. Thanks.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 4 years ago

Thats crazy how many people get  bitten by rattlesnakes!?!?!?

Good tip to keep an eye out for where you are stopping or stepping.

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 4 years ago

Hi David,

They thrive in the hot weather. The picture I took was a huge Rosy Boa that was curled up laying across the road. He slithered off fast when I got close. I chose not to get close enough so I only got part of his body. Good Enough!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 4 years ago

Not a snake person at all. I move the other way quickly.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 4 years ago

Hi Than,

I had another incident with a snake today but will save it for a  post next week sometime. I will do most anything for a photo but stay away from snakes.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 4 years ago

Kristin, This is the second post I've read of yours tonight regarding snakes!  This gal may have difficulty sleeping tonight!

Posted by Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate! (UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA) over 4 years ago

Hi Bette,

I did this one first as I normally do a public service post yearly to remind people to be careful but then this weekend I ran into the snake in the road (the other post) so it is fate as it means those snakes are out there and we must be careful. EEEEEEEK

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 4 years ago

Okay, I know I’m late to the party, but I wanted to say that the rosy boa is actually a Red Racer. Neither snake can do significant damage or pain, unless you try to pull out before it lets go.I’m one of the few humans who like snakes, and I currently have a pet king snake. I even enjoy the rattlers, though I also respect them as the dangerous snakes they are, and keep my distance. But none of the snakes creep me out.

Posted by Richard 10 days ago

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