Experts provide insight on how to avoid rattlesnakes

Experts give insight on how to avoid rattlesnakes. (ABC 7 Amarillo - file photo)

With recent reports about rattlesnake bitings in the area, it is important to know what attracts venomous snakes as well as what to do if you encounter one.

Coming in contact with a rattlesnake could be pretty startling. Usually your first reaction is to just kill it, but Victoria Todd, the Executive Director at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, said there is no reason to harm a rattlesnake.

"If you just stay calm and back up and give them lots of room, whatever snake it is, it's going to try to get away from you first," said Todd.

But how would you know a rattlesnake from a bull snake?

"Their heads are quite large and diamond shaped whereas a bull snake is a little more pointed," said Todd.

According to the University of Florida, about 8,000 people are bitten by snakes each year but the chance of dying from a bite is little to none.

You might have heard baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adults, but Todd said young snakes are just smaller and faster.

Rick Gilliland, District Supervisor of Texas Wildlife Services, said make sure you keep your yard clear of any lumber, sticks and tall grass.

"Rattlesnakes like shaded areas and moisture. They also prey upon rodents and any small animals," said Gilliland.

Todd recommends being cautious when walking in grass areas and remember that snakes are sneaky.

"Be aware of where your feet are, places that are over grown, that's why we keep our trail cut down in the summer just so we can try to avoid that and make it easy to see. And they like to be places where they can hide," said Todd.

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