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Spring is a wonderful time of year. Birds are celebrating in the trees; animals and their young can be seen frolicking in the meadows and new foliage is blooming. It is a magical time, but as the temperatures increase, so does the rattlesnake activity levels.

So far this year, there have been dozens of rattler sightings, from Anza, to the desert and even in Wildomar, Murrieta and Temecula. The animals are becoming more active as the weather warms, and it up to us to be wary of unintended contact.

Rattlesnakes are fascinating reptiles. They have heat-sensing organs on each side of its face, called loreal pits that help them locate prey. It is why they are commonly called pit vipers, a group that includes rattlesnakes, water moccasins and copperheads. They sport dead skin buttons on the end of their tails that form a rattle which makes a hissing noise when the snake vibrates its tail in fear or anger.

Rattlesnakes are also potently venomous.

According to, The venom from the majority of rattlesnake bites will damage tissue and affect your circulatory system by destroying skin tissues and blood cells and by causing you to hemorrhage internally. Most rattlesnake venom is composed mainly of hemotoxic elements.

Johnathan Schmidt of the Southern California Buzztail Preservation group performs venomous snake removal and has been busy already this year. He advocates relocation, avoidance and a huge dose of common sense when dealing with these creatures.

The number one rule is to make sure you never try to kill or move one, he said. The leading cause of bites comes from these errors. Very few bites are just from minding your own business. Be aware of your environment, if you know there is snake traffic, take the extra few seconds to look before reaching, be cautious when flipping over boards and such and never reach into areas you can’t see into.

If someone suddenly finds themselves near a rattlesnake, the main thing is not to panic. Remain calm and think clearly. Slowly move away from it and keep a safe distance. The snake will not attack. They mostly just want to be left alone. Rattlesnakes are so named because of the rattles on the ends of their tails. When frightened, they rattle as a warning to stay away. If someone hears a rattlesnake before they see it, they should stay still until they see the snake or know exactly where it is. Move slowly away from it and keep a safe distance between you and the snake.

First, be alert. Like all reptiles, rattlesnakes are sensitive to the ambient temperature and will adjust their behavior accordingly. After a cold or cool night, they will attempt to raise their body temperature by basking in the sun midmorning. To prevent overheating during hot days of spring and summer, they will become more active at dawn, dusk or night.

Leash dogs when hiking in snake country. Dogs are at increased risk of being bitten due to holding their nose to the ground while investigating the outdoors. Speak to the veterinarian about canine rattlesnake vaccines and what to do if a pet is bitten. There are also rattlesnake aversion training courses for dogs.

There are many legends and myths that surround these interesting snakes. Rattlesnakes do not lay eggs; they bear live young. It is not true that juveniles are more dangerous when they bite. There is no published data to suggest that baby rattlers inject more venom or that they lack control of how much venom they expend.

Rescuing and releasing snakes has become one of my greatest passions, Schmidt said. These snakes have humbled me and helped me gain a new respect for our misunderstood wildlife. I will continue to fight for their protection and to educate people, so they can live together respectfully, preservation through education.