Thursday, May 16, 2013

Seasonal snake warning

Its warmer in Santa Clara of course, but rattlesnakes exist in Pacifica too.  Happy trails!

The Sun/Sunnyvale/Matt Wilson, 5/10/13.  "With weather warming up, county cautions about rattlesnakes."

California rattlesnakes

"The weather is heating up, and the Santa Clara County Fire Department and Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services system are reminding residents to be on lookout for man's no-legged friends. The county is asking residents to "Watch Where You Walk" for Safety when exploring the outdoors this summer as warm weather means a more likely run-in with a rattlesnake.

Safety tips.   Residents are reminded that, if they see a snake, they should stop and keep their distance.  When hiking, residents should wear long pants and heavy boots that are 4 inches above the ankle.

California garter snakes
When it's hot, snakes seek cool areas, so residents should always watch where they step and be sure to look for snakes in areas of high brush, under logs and when stepping over logs or fallen trees.

When it's cool, snakes seek warmer areas. Residents should be observant for snakes sunning on rocks or trails, especially in the cooler times of day.

Residents should never try to touch a snake or scare it away. They should also never try to catch one. It is recommended to find or contact a park ranger or park staff.

If bitten, residents should calmly and slowly move away from the snake and call 911 or send for help. Victims should not apply a cold pack or tourniquet, cut the bite, or attempt to suck out venom. Victims should avoid movement of the area that was bitten and take note of the time of the bite. Also do not attempt to kill or catch the snake, but do try to remember what the snake looked like."   Read more.

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

Never seen a rattlesnake in Pacifica. Gopher snakes are mistaken for them all the time.

Anonymous said...

Kathy, where do you get your facts that rattlesnakes exist in Pacifica? I bet you're more likely to encounter a RLGS, and we know those are few and far between.

Robert Macias said...

All , of you who think rattlesnake 's in Pacifica , CA. Should stop smoking what ever it is ! Your smoking ! You , are stuck on stupid ! 58 yrs. old lived in Daly City , and Pacifica , no ! They are cold blooded , stupid ! They need sun ! Something that doesn't exist in until September that's , why the fog festival , is in September ! Fools !