Rattlesnakes are most active between early spring and mid-fall. In the winter, they hibernate. Rattlesnakes are most active and aggressive during the spring and early summer, just following their hibernation period.

When a rattlesnake rattles its tail, it is doing it in order to warn you away, not to bite you. Be cooperative by gradually withdrawing. When a snake is shocked or cornered, it is most likely to bite. Allow enough space for it to creep away. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive creatures, yet they are fast to defend themselves. According to some, the fact that a rattlesnake rattles at all is quite respectful.  The rattle is a pleasant reminder that it is best if you do not come into contact with the snake. However, keep in mind that rattlesnakes may not rattle before to striking. Even an uncoiled snake is capable of biting. If you surprise a snake, it may not react positively.

What to do if you come face to face with a rattlesnake:

Keep your cool and don’t freak out.

Do not attempt to kill the snake.

Throwing rocks or objects at the snake is not a good idea.

Notify others of the snake’s position….

When hiking or camping, keep your dog on a leash.

Do not panic or jump if you hear a rattling.


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