If You Host an Easter Egg Hunt This Weekend, Your Kids Will Get Bit By Rattlesnakes (Maybe)

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Happy Easter!
The Arizona Herpetological Society has some suggestions on how to host the lamest Easter egg hunt ever: don't "hide" the eggs where kids can't see them.

The problem: rattlesnakes.

The AHS is warning Valley residents about the dangers of Easter egg hunts in a region infested with slithering monsters.

As temperatures climb, Arizona is entering rattlesnake season, and the AHS wants to prevent bites.

The AHS warns that Easter eggs hidden in brush with drip systems, behind flower pots, and even under pool toys can be dangerous spots for Easter egg hunters.

When If your kid gets bit, the AHS has a few pointers:

 

• Call 911 and stay calm.

• Keep the bitten area still. You can immobilize the area with an improvised splint made from a board, magazines, or other stiff material tied to the limb (but don't tie it too tight because you don't want to reduce blood flow). Remove any jewelry or constricting items near the affected area in case of swelling.

• Elevate the extremity that's bitten.

DO NOT

• Drive yourself to the hospital.

• Use ice to cool the bite.

• Cut open the wound and try to suck out the venom.

• Use a tourniquet. This will cut off blood flow and the limb may be lost.

The Phoenix Herpetological Society says it can remove snakes from your home for a fee.

For more information about the society, call 602-550-1090 or visit www.phoenixherp.com


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CJAZ
CJAZ

Wow. The PHX Herpetological Society employing scare tactics and then offering to get rid of snakes for a fee. How generous of them.

Is there a rash of Easter Egg Hunt rattler attacks that we should be worrying about? Or do snakes generally avoid places where lots of tiny humans are tromping around all over the place?

Bryan D. Hughes
Bryan D. Hughes

It's not a scare tactic; it's a legit concern. There are many organizations that remove rattlesnakes in the valley for a fee, PHS being one of them. I've done a number of interviews of this sort regarding rattlesnakes and the reporter always asks for who to call if they see one.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

God knows our state government won't support anything like that. Would you want someone to spend out of their pocket to do you and many others a favor? They might be tempted in order to save a snake's life, but gas is pricey these days.

Abogada987
Abogada987

We've had numerous rattlesnake encounters throughout the years as we hike, jog, picnic or just ramble through the desert. In fact, the family usually marks Easter as the general beginning of the rattlesnake season and have had encounters during our Easter celebrations in places such as Picacho Peak State Park. We consider it a privilege. I've personally been fang to fang with seven of our State's 13 species. Most of the 200+ (no exaggeration) encounters that I've had over 60+ years have been on and off the trails of South Mountain Park. Crotalus mitchelli, the speckled rattlesnake, has been the species most often encounter by far.

Rouge Reporter
Rouge Reporter

you and that ex army guy X SOLDIER should hook up and you can take him on a long hot desert hike. if he can handle it.

Rouge Reporter
Rouge Reporter

The worlds most dangerous snake, ERECTUS TROUSERIUS {or the trouser snake} is the worlds most dangerous snake.....colors vary from pink to black. its fang less. average length is 5 to 6 inches although some are rumored to reach 8 or more inches {depending on the honesty of the owner} it usually appears in bedrooms and attacks women in the mouth, lower abdominal area and sometimes in the butt. its highly venomous spit can cause swelling that can last 9 months. infection can occur if proper protection is not worn while handling. some mutant species have been known to attack men from behind.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Sounds to me like you're gay. Not that there's a problem with that.

Rouge Reporter
Rouge Reporter

You stole that last line from the Jerry Seinfeld show. is that all ya got?

Rouge Reporter
Rouge Reporter

sounds to me like im a comic. gay or not im still good and funny. can you do better?

XSoldier
XSoldier

Actually what you are is a disgrace.

Leatherneck
Leatherneck

for an army guy you sound like you sit indoors on the computer most of the time. no wonder you quit. your either lazy or a coward or gay. or you just could make the grade like a real man.

XSoldier
XSoldier

You can't "quit" the military. You have a contract with them. I don't sit indoors most of the time. I have a job and I work. I'm not lazy and I'm not gay.

Popolo
Popolo

Remember , Dont Ask Dont tell? do you have homophobia to?

XSoldier
XSoldier

I'm actually not homophobic. Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed by Congress. I would gladly serve again.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Maybe he should join the MCSO Command staff? They may have some openings for experienced sword fighters?

XSoldier
XSoldier

@Rouge Reporter:

I strongly advise that you watch what you say. While you're entitled to free speech, there IS a limit. What you say can be construed as defamation, slander, libel, and character assassination.

Rouge Reporter
Rouge Reporter

he should join something or somebody that for sure. I think he is a lazy quitter though.

XSoldier
XSoldier

In the four years I have lived in Arizona, I have been fortunate and have not seen any rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, black widows, brown recluses, etc. I have seen one scorpion.

Billy Buck Bodine
Billy Buck Bodine

you sound like one of those wimpy sissy indoor back east folks. north east?

Rouge Reporter
Rouge Reporter

in the 4 years I have lived here in Arizona I have stayed inside 24/7 365 in a dark room all alone reading new times blogs. this is my life.

XSoldier
XSoldier

I think you need to read my post, Rouge. I think I said I have a JOB.

Rouge Reporter
Rouge Reporter

And I am over serious about everything and I have no friends or a sense of humor. I am still a virgin. and I take everything written on here 100% serious.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Damn right I'm overserious. You need to go into boot camp. The drill instructors will transform you.

Rouge Reporter
Rouge Reporter

if you got off your lazy white ass and went for a hike in the desert you would eventually see at least a sidewinder snake. try getting out doors and away from sitting in a dark dank fart smelling room starring at that idiot box called the computer internet and you might see some of the great spirits natural desert creatures out there in the wilds of the desert. and you might get more healthy and loose some weight to and get a nice tan you pale face dough boy white boy lazy ass cracker. being an internet geek is not the healthy way to live life. for an x soldier you dont sound very soldier to me. you sound wimpy.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Actually dipshit, I have far more responsibility than you think. My father suffers from epilepsy, heart conditions, and high blood pressure. My U.S. Army training helps keep him alive should he suffer a seizure or a heart attack. I also have a JOB. Further, I am looking at re-enlistment in the U.S. military to make myself even better. Seems to me you don't know shit about about me, so shut the fuck up asshole.

Rouge Reporter
Rouge Reporter

who needs or wants more responsibility? not me. you can have it.

Thad McCone
Thad McCone

his snake joke was pretty good. can you write a better joke?

81 BRIAN HAMC PHX AZ
81 BRIAN HAMC PHX AZ

I think he is Hells Angels Phx AZ charter member Chico Mora the meanest toughest HA in this state. he can be found at 147 West Mojave st at the HAMC clubhouse. he runs the Bail Bonds business next door to the HA clubhouse. instead of calling him names in cyber space why not come on down to the clubhouse on Saturday nights for a little Boxing in a ring and settle it like men. Chico will Box anybody anytime anyplace. so stop on by all you cyber tough guys or shut up. BRIAN, HELLS ANGELS PHX AZ.

The SnoidFfrom Sheboygan
The SnoidFfrom Sheboygan

That Rouge Reporter guy is a local stand up comic I know who lives here in the Cave Creek area. he is just jiving all y'all most of the time. he likes to bait you all and most of you take the bait every time. I think the youngsters now days call it getting Punked. don't be so serious about what people write on here. lighten up.

Arny Recruiter
Arny Recruiter

You sound insecure about yourself. your starting to crack up and loose it mentally I can tell. the Army does not need mentally weak little boys like yourself. please go join either the Airforce or the Navy please. the Army does not want you back. try your local Cub Scouts or Y Indian Guides is my advice to you.

Wanna Be
Wanna Be

Hyper sensitive, aren't we! Rouge must of hit the nail on the head I imagine that the only time you get out is to the swap meet to buy those fake arm patches so you look cool at the VFW drinking beer and reminiscing about NAM and how you were a medic in the big one...

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