February showers bring March rattlesnakes as ‘snakebite season’ begins

After a damp winter season, a warmer spring that began Wednesday will certainly send hordes right into the open airs just as the local snake population awakens from a lengthy hibernation, establishing a dangerous situation leading to snakebites as well as emergency situation room visits, professionals cautioned.

The above-average rains ushered in much more insects, as well as the extremely flowers of wildflowers and a movement of Painted Girl butterflies — — all food for rodents. This bounty develops a buffet for mice, gophers as well as ground squirrels, which sets the table for the Southern Pacific rattlesnake, the most typical poisonous serpent living in Southern California hills, canyons as well as also some backyards.

In short, this screen of nature might be terrific for hungry rattlesnakes — — however, for the unwary exterior traveler, it’s walker beware.

Currently, a person and also canine were bit in separate incidents while wandering the uber-popular Pedestrian Canyon poppy areas in Lake Elsinore this past weekend.

“Between now and also September is what we call snakebite period,” Dr. Cyrus Rangan, assistant clinical supervisor of the California Toxin Control Center, stated during a press rundown at the Los Angeles Zoo on Wednesday.

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