Summertime Snake Safety

Summertime Snake Safety

 

Here in Southern California there is a fairly common creature who rears its head every summer- Rattlesnakes! 

In fact, just a few weeks ago a friend and I came across a large Rattlesnake laying in the middle of a hiking trail. Truly, my worst nightmare is my dog being bit by a snake. 

My friend’s shriek stopped Nina just a few inches from the snake’s head. I am certain the cool early morning made this snake slow to react. 

Here are a few tips for a snake free summer:

  1. Stay on Clear Paths: When hiking or walking, stick to well-trodden, wide paths. Snakes are less likely to be found in open, maintained areas with high traffic.
  2. Choose a Cooler Time of Day to Hike:  Did you know a snake’s optimal ie. most active body temperatures is between 70 - 90 degrees Farenheit? Choose cooler times of day like early Mornings or early Evenings for your outdoor adventures.
  3. Keep Your Yard Clean: If you live where snakes like to slither, remove tall grass, piles of leaves, and other debris where snakes like to hide.
  4. Leash Up: Keep your dog on a leash during walks to prevent them from wandering into snake-prone areas.
  5. Know Where Your Nearest Veterinarian is Located: If you ever need antivenom, be smart & know where to get it fast!

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