PHOENIX — Spring is still about a month away, but mild temperatures have stirred native wildlife, including reptiles.
“We actually got two snake removals (Tuesday) and we were at 74 degrees,” said Daniel Marchand of the Phoenix Herpetological Society.
At least 13 species of rattlesnake and a few other types of venomous snakes are native to Arizona.
According to wildlife experts like Marchand, people should look where they are stepping or reaching outdoors, and avoid sticking hands in areas where they can’t see what you may be touching. During the hottest part of the day, rattlesnakes hide in shady or damp areas, particularly areas with a drip system.
Other tips for living with snakes safely include carrying a flashlight after dark and walking away if you encounter a snake.
Homeowners often put themselves at risk when trying to deal with a snake on their property. An estimated 80 to 90 percent of rattlesnake bites happen when homeowners take matters into their own hands.
If you are bitten, Marchand said to call 911, stay calm and keep the bitten area elevated and still. You should not drive yourself to the hospital, use a tourniquet or use ice to cool the wound.
- Telecommuting: 5 tips to make it work for employers and employees
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments
- Here’s why Gaydos went tankless with his water heater
- 12 things to watch before the Oscars
- Bocce ball and basketball: How you can help Arizona's Special Olympics athletes
- Tips on building the best wine room in Arizona
- Avoid the nightmare: 6 tips to choose a great contractor
- Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors
- Best and worst of Super Bowl commercials
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Operation Santa Claus needs holiday help
- This college bowl season is likely to be epic
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- 11 holiday classics for the ultimate movie marathon
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- The new beer pairing guide for holiday foods
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates
- 5 of the scariest things found in drains
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night