While rattlesnakes are typically non-aggressive, it's important to stay alert and avoid any interactions to prevent potential rattlesnake bites. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, most bites are reported between April and October when outdoor activities increase. Remember to safeguard children and pets in the event of an emergency, please call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.
Here are some key tips:
- Be alert and scan your surroundings.
- Stick to well-used trails and wear appropriate clothing.
- Watch where you are walking and placing your hands.
- Avoid typical rattlesnake hiding places such as grass, shrubbery and weeds. Be careful around crevices, rocks, logs and stumps.
- Bring a flashlight when walking at night.
- Move away when you hear a warning rattle.
- Seek professional help for handling live and dead snakes.