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Be Rattlesnake Aware

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), rattlesnakes are widespread in California and are found in a variety of habitat throughout the state from Coastal to desert. They may also turn up around homes and yards in brushy areas and under wood piles. Generally, not aggressive, rattlesnakes will likely retreat if given room and not provoked or threatened. Most bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally brushed against by someone walking or climbing.  The California Poison Control System notes that the chances of being bitten are small compared to the risk of other environmental injuries. Most bites occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors. CDFW provides tips for safely living in snake country on its website, at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Rattlesnakes as well as tips for keeping snakes out of your yard and what do to do (and not do) in the event of a snake bite.  Additional resources can be found on thewww.CaliforniaHerps.com Living with Rattlesnakes webpage.