Above average heat bringing out rattlesnakes - Tucson News Now

Above average heat bringing out rattlesnakes

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson is on track to have the hottest March on record.

Monday is expected to see a high of 93 degrees in Pima County, making it the warmest March in history.

First responders say all the above average heat is bringing out more snakes, and in unlikely places.

Crews have responded to snake calls at playgrounds, backyards and even on school grounds.

With the hotter than normal temperatures, wildlife experts say snakes are giving birth earlier.

They usually start having babies in May or June.

Tucson has three main species of snakes-- Gopher, King and Rattlesnake.

Gopher and King snakes are not venomous.

Rattlesnake bites can do some damage, but are very rarely fatal to humans. 

According to Keith Boeson of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, there are a few things people can do if they are bitten. 

  • Remain CALM.
  • If you're hiking, turn around and head down. Do not overexert yourself or run. 
  • Do not try to suck the venom out.
  • Do not make a tourniquet.
  • Do not cut the wound. 
  • Remove all jewelry. Chances are your limbs will start to swell making it difficult for emergency workers to get you the help needed.  

“While death is a real possibility, it’s a rare event," Boeson said. "Last year, there were some 8,000 rattlesnake bites and only 10 deaths.”

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