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Public warned to be on lookout for baby rattlesnakes

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Experts are urging the public to be cautious when they are outdoors during these last few months of summer.

Now is the time rattlesnakes are welcoming their offspring, reptile experts say baby rattlesnakes are generally born in August and September.

The main thing about baby rattlers is they are nearly impossible to see, due to the fact people cannot hear them. Unlike their adult counterparts, baby rattlesnakes have little to no rattle until they shed for the first time.  These baby rattlesnakes range in length from 6 to 12 inches and have enough venom to be considered very dangerous.  Brush and grasses may also help to camouflage the small snakes. 

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center says it is difficult to pinpoint when someone has been bitten by a baby rattlesnake, since they are never seen in most cases.

So far this month, the center has received 11 reports of snakebite victims.  The Poison Center urges anyone who feels a sting or pinch while they are outside, especially an arm or a leg, to immediately call the center at 1-800-222-1222.

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