Two snake bite incidents happen Sunday morning - Tucson News Now

Two snake bite incidents happen Sunday morning

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(Source: Chris Johns) (Source: Chris Johns)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Northwest Fire District paramedics have responded to two rattlesnake bite incidents this morning, according to a news release from Captain Adam Goldberg.

Around 8:30 a.m. Sunday crews responded to the area of Cortaro Road and Interstate 10 for a 23-year-old man who was bit on the calf. The mountain biker was transported to University of Arizona Medical Center where he is in stable condition undergoing treatment.

Close to 11:30 a.m. crews were on scene in the Tucson mountain area off of Camino De Oeste and Ironwood Hills for a 68-year-old male who was also bitten by a rattlesnake on one of his big toes. The man was wearing flip-flops while working in his backyard. He is also in stable condition at a local hospital undergoing treatment.

First responders are warning you to be extra careful if you're outdoors. Experts say traditionally, a lot of baby rattlesnakes are born in August as the weather starts to cool. Many people are spending time outdoors which leaves more opportunity for snakes bites this time of year.

If you see a rattlesnake inside your house, call 911. If you see one outside, take a step back, leave it alone or call someone to remove it. If you decapitate it, it can still bite you and inject venom.

Poison Control officials also say baby snakes are not considered more dangerous. They are still growing their rattle and don't always give off a warning. Adult rattlesnakes have a lot more venom to give you.

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