Rattlesnake Season in Arizona: Five Ways to Avoid Grim Death

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It's that special time of year in Arizona -- flowers blossoming, the sun's warming up, and as a result, rattlesnakes throughout the state are waking up from their winter naps

That is, the vicious monsters are ready to bite the shit out of anyone they see.

All right, rattlesnakes probably aren't on a mission to bite humans, but to an ophidiophobe, it certainly seems that way.

Last year, there were more than 200 poisonous snake bites reported in Arizona, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona has some tips to keep the fangs of a poisonous snake from entering your body.

Check out UACP's advice after the jump.

• Leave wild animals alone. Fifty to 70 percent of reptile bites managed by the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center were provoked by the person who was bitten -- that is, someone was trying to kill, capture, or harass the animal.

• Be aware of peak movement times. Reptiles in Arizona are most active in the warmer months of April through October. During the hottest months, they will be most active at night. They may be encountered during the day in spring and fall or during a warm day in winter.

• Watch where you put your hands and feet. Try to keep your hands and feet out of crevices in rocks, wood piles and deep grass. Always carry a flashlight and wear shoes or boots when walking after dark.

• Dead snakes can bite. Never handle a venomous reptile, even after it's dead. Reflex strikes with injected venom can occur for several hours after death.

• Install outdoor lighting for yards, porches, and sidewalks. If you see a venomous reptile in your yard, it is probably just "passing through." However, if you are concerned about a dangerous animal in your yard, seek professional assistance in removing it.

Should you get bitten by a poisonous snake, you don't necessarily have to go shopping for a shiny, new coffin -- UACP has a list of ways to treat a snake bite if you can't immediately get to a hospital.

Click here for more info on treatment.
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Curtis
Curtis

I'm sort of intereasted in Rattles snake hunting and have been trying to find associates, but will consider other challegeing desert activitoes including camping My e-mail is curtis1776y@yahoo.com MY phon is 520610 3379

MADI
MADI

***ALWAYS PRACTICE SAFE SENSE AROUND SNAKES, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REPTILE RELOCATOR FOR SAFE HUMANE REMOVAL - DO NOT HARM THEM THEY ACTUALLY KEEP US SAFE FROM VIRAL EPIDEMICS BY KEEPING OUR PEST POPULATION DOWN***

***BIG NEWS FOR ARIZONA - LOCAL INVENTOR CREATES FIRST WORKING SNAKE REPELLENT***

I'm a big advocate for snakes and their well being. If you can walk away from a snake please do so. If you have a snake in a place that it is not suppose to be call any local handler for safe humane removal. Unfortunately their are some circumstances that require a more immediate approach. If you are living in an area known for Snakes, or know that you are going to be doing outdoor activities that you commonly cross paths with them. Their is a product designed by an Local Arizona Inventor called "Snake Defense" It's perfect for the occasions that you become uncomfortably to close to a snake or realize that you are to close. The product is perfect for you. Families out enjoying the outdoors or any scenario.

The product does have public videos on Youtube under "Snake Repellent" and local herpetologist, veterinarians, and zoologicals are already behind the product. It's 100% safe for the environment, Safe for the user, and of course Safe for the snake. No Chronic or Acute effects have been recorded, the snake does go back to it's natural eating and living lifestyle. The ingredients are all natural and the product was designed under the guidelines of the FDA & EPA, it does not use any ingredients found in any border products.

Product Approach: Numerous Herpetologist & Veterinarians were approach in the design stage to come up with a product that they would feel proud to support.

If you can please use common sense but for those that want an extra safety precaution this product is available for you at www.foxlabs.com They are in process of putting up the marketing for the product.

Please be safe, be smart, and don't get bit.

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