WE HAVE HAD REPORTS OF SNAKES BEING IN TOWN! BE CAREFUL!
ABOUT PRAIRIE RATTLESNAKES:
Facts About the Rattle: The naming of rattlesnakes is rather obvious since all the snakes in this family have a rattle on the end of their tails. The rattles themselves are actually hollow bead-type structures that are really scales that are modified on the tail. The rattlesnake uses the rattle to warn off other predators, making it one of the relatively few predator creatures to actually have a warning designed to ward off other hunter-type animals.
Avoiding rattlesnakes/bites: Rattlesnakes can be found in rock piles, woodpiles, and shady areas when the temperatures are high and sunning themselves on rocks and in the middle of a road during cool periods. Rattlesnakes are most commonly encountered in spring and fall. During the heat of the summer they are sometimes seen in the early evening and after dark. Carry a long walking/snake stick, (for rustling brush before going in), and wear heavy high boots. The key is awareness, and making sure you are heard and felt by the snakes; they have more fear of you and will flee. Don’t walk quietly or softly and never ever venture into a space you cannot visually check. Don’t walk through high brush if you can’t clearly see the ground. Most people step on snakes because they are not looking where they step. The same applies for climbing around – don’t stick your hands in places you can’t visually check. If you become aware of a (rattle) snake in your path, take another route. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CAPTURE, HANDLE, OR MOVE IT. Leave it alone and it will leave you alone.
Remove weeds on your property, be cautious and teach your children about them. Check places that your kids play. We all want to have a great summer.
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