TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Fire officials are urging people in southern Arizona to be cautious as rattlesnakes become more active during the warmer months.
The Rural-Metro Fire Department says it sees an uptick in calls during the month of March, with a sharp increase in April.
That's why Battalion Chief John Walka says it's important to be alert and prepared.
When going out on a hike or a walk, remember simple things like carrying a flashlight, wearing protective shoes and be mindful of where you put your hands and feet.
Walka also recommends taking extra steps to keep snakes away from your home.
"It's important to prepare now because now that gives you the time to cover up those gopher holes if you have wood piles or debris piles, get those cleaned up get those moved," he said.
According to the University of Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, there are 17 different types of rattlesnakes in Arizona. Some of the common physical characteristics they all share are:
- Triangular heads
- Cat-like Pupils
- Foldable Fangs
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