Officials issue venomous snake warning

People who enjoy the outdoors should watch where they put their hands and feet this spring and summer, Santa Clara County fire and emergency officials are warning.

Venomous snakes are active this time of year and emergency officials recommend using caution during outdoor activities such as running and hiking in the county's hills and open spaces, where rattlesnakes are prevalent.

The county advises:

Wear long pants and heavy boots that come up about four inches

above the ankle.

Watch where you step, particularly in high-brush areas and while stepping over logs and fallen trees.

Keep dogs and other pets on a leash when on a trail.

If bitten by a snake, call 911, avoid movement in the area that

was bitten, keep the area below heart level, take note of the time of the bite, and do not attempt to cut the bite or apply a cold pack or tourniquet.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Jake
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Something to be aware of: Many times rattle snakes to not rattle like on you see/hear on TV, rather they produce a loud buzzing type of a sound, almost like a cicada bug on steroids...especially the juveniles.
So just as you would do if you heard the classic rattle, if you're ever walking and hear a loud constant buzz, back away.

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Posted by ECL
a resident of another community
on May 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I have some experience treating snake bites. 90% of victims are not innocent accidents. Most victims had ingested more than 40oz of beer in the few hours before the bite. If you see a snake, just leave it alone.

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Posted by Productive Member of Soceity
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Yet another reason to legalize marijuana!

I used medicinal cannabis to cure my snake bit…and come to think of it, to get bitten in the first place!

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Posted by Rossta
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Rossta is a registered user.

Another thing to note: juvenile rattlers are MORE poisonous than adults. They haven't learned to control how much venom they inject into their victims. So, don't discount the bite of a snake based upon its size.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of The Crossings
on Jun 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

I've already seen 3 rattlesnakes hiking the MidPeninsula Open Spaces just this season - two in one day at Hidden Villa and another at Rancho San Antonio. Do not threaten them, and you will be ok. Worst thing is accidentally stepping on them. It is easy to do when they are hanging out right on the edge of the trail. Keep alert and scan ahead when hiking on warm days.

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Posted by c.c.
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

If you hike regularly with dogs I highly recommend getting the "rattlesnake vaccine" for them (available at most weekend traveling shot clinics for $20) Google it and educate yourself, or ask your vet about it.

I have been seeing way more snakes than ever before this year on the trails - one was coiled up on the edge of the trail literally two feet away. Even tho I am seasoned and aware and make it a point to look out for the snakes, this one blended into the trail edge and brush so well I didn't even see it was a snake until I nearly stepped right on top of it. And it was a big'un. (backed off and took some shots with the telephoto lens, and later determined it was a western diamondback))

Good thing it was on the right edge of the trail and my dog was to my left - it coulda got real ugly real fast . . .

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