Officials issue venomous snake warning


Anyone who enjoys 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 Bike Commuter
a resident of Ventura
on May 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Here's a useful guide to identifying CA snakes: Web Link

Remember, rattlers have a triangular head. Gopher snakes (and other non-poisonous snakes) have a head that tapers off neck.

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Posted by Ann
a resident of Downtown North
on May 29, 2011 at 12:26 am

I hate to be in the wildlife. I hate hiking. I hate snakes. Never understood why people need to bother nature. All those people who cares about the environment, they keep disturbing it. Leave nature alone! Leave those snakes in their habitat. If you really care, stop disturbing...

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on May 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Why do we get these warnings now. Living in Los Altos Hills we have had rattlers in our backyard, you can hear them at night rattling - this is nothing new!!! We've even had mountain lions, so what, they are magnificent animals, just give them space.

This is all just flatlands panic, learn to live with all your animal neighbors!!!

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Posted by Palo Alto Resident
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

This article's as if we never had rattlesnakes in the foothills.... Come on Palo Alto, it's just the same snakes from last year. And the year before. An the year before that. And any year, really. Hell, we even had MOUNTAIN LIONS in the area.

Meaning nothing new here. There's nothing to be scared of.

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Posted by whitesnake?
a resident of Midtown
on May 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Oh,my God,you are kidding, I thought those snakes would die in a year,because i have heard its lifespan is only a year.

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Posted by Member
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 31, 2011 at 6:25 pm

This is for people who need reminders especially with details such as what to do if you are bitten by a venomous snake. It may seem as unnecessary as reminding folks that the roads are slippery when wet yet when rain suddenly falls fender benders are rampant.

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Posted by whitesnake?
a resident of Midtown
on May 31, 2011 at 7:39 pm

If someone is too nervous in wild place,he would mistake a rope or a stick with a snake,do not be nervous,snakes are our friends.

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Posted by senor blogger
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 1, 2011 at 7:11 am

for sure, If I see a snake, I'm gonna take time and MEASURE ITS HEAD!!!!

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Posted by whitesnake?
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 1, 2011 at 7:38 am

Please give wild animal some space,it won't bother you.

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Posted by whitesnake?
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 1, 2011 at 7:42 am


Was your head being crushed by the door,how dare you measure a snake head,it will bite you for sure.

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Posted by whitesnake?
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 1, 2011 at 8:50 am


You should not catch it and kill it,it is still a live creature.

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Posted by Nature lover
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

We were hiking in the hills one summer and ran into a rattlesnake on the path... We stopped and it stopped. We looked at each other carefully. We identified it as a rattlesnake, especially after it started rattling its tail. Then, we all proceeded very carefully past each other. We one way, the snake the other way. A few seconds later, the snake decided to take cover off the path and disappeared in the tall grass. It seemed the snake was as leery of us as we were of it.

It was a beautiful animal.

Please don't kill or hurt the snakes you run into.

The other day, on another hike, near the bay, we saw a snake (not a rattlesnake, probably just a gopher snake). A man there started throwing rocks and sticks at the poor creature. So sad.

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Posted by daniel
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

There are active rattlesnakes in the foothills every spring and summer. I even see them fairly often while walking the Dish during the spring and summer months. They hibernate during the winter months and become active again as the weather gets warmer. What's new about it that an official warning had to be issued?

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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm

There are more TWO LEGGED snakes that live in the foothills, especially in the ( not ) so Golden State...

These snakes are far more dangerous than the ones that are more afraid of you.....

Just remember: Who was here first? No legs or Two legs?

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Posted by Megan
a resident of Portola Valley
on Jun 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I'm new to the area and was unaware of the rattlesnake danger. Thanks for letting me know and for telling me what to and what not to do.

BTW, what useful purpose do rattlesnakes serve?

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