Rattlesnake Warning for San Joaquin Valley
The California Poison Control System and the Fresno Chaffee Zoo are warning the public that rattlesnakes are waking up early from hibernation due to the warm weather. This warning is especially relevant for people that live in the central San Joaquin Valley and the adjacent foothills. Experts are warning that there could be a large snake infestation this year due to the heavy rainfall. According to the Fresno Bee,
Female snakes are giving birth to a bumper crop of babies, and California residents should be aware and cautious; even newborn rattlesnakes possess dangerous venom.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration claims that there are 8,000 recorded venomous snake bites each year nationwide and about 10 to 15 of those cases end in death. It is important to be aware of your surrounds when outdoors, especially when hiking, and if you hear a rattle turn the other way.
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