Monday, February 27, 2017

Beware - Rattlesnakes Are Out Early

This winter has been unseasonably warm not just for us humans, but also rattlesnakes.

On average, one to two people in Texas die each year from venomous snake bites according to Texas Health and Human Services. But that’s with a typical winter.

This year, it’s been unseasonably warm causing those snakes to get out and enjoy the sun a bit earlier.

“We’ve been as high here as 98-degrees in the county in the past couple of weeks and we’ve had lots of 80-degree days and that is kind of ideal temperature for snakes to start moving out of their dens,” said Texas A&M Agrilife’s Donley County extension agent Leonard Haynes.

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“It has been warmer and we’ve killed more rattlesnakes this winter than I’ve ever seen,” said ranch hand Johnny Hill.

Hill said he and his boss have killed more than a dozen rattlesnakes just over the past several months.

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Paulnamy said...

Please post a functioning link to your source. The last known death from a rattlesnake in Texas was in 2011, and the individual was trying to kill the snake. There absolutely are NOT deaths every year in Texas due to rattlesnake bites. The facts are deaths are exceedingly rare. Please don't cause alarm with unfounded statements. I suggest folks join the Facebook page, What Kind of Snake is This, North Texas. There are experts there that can give valuable and accurate information about these very misunderstood animals.

Paulnamy said...

I would like to edit my comment to say the last known death from ANY venomous snake in Texas was in 2011 (and it was a rattlesnake). Venomous snakes, of any kind, have caused no deaths in Texas since 2011, the only exception is in 2015, a death by a non-native cobra whose bite was used as a suicide.

rickvandiver said...

There have been two small children that dies in the last few years of rattlesnake bites. the little girl that I remember was at Possum Kingdom. I don't remember where the little boy was !! Just be vigilant, especially with small children !!

Firecracker said...

Not counting kids, in 2016 one 71 yr old man. But in 2015 counting 6, one was coral one a cottonmouth rest
were types of rattlesnakes. I think that was the year they put out the warnings.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone here really know the 'facts'??? It sounds like everyone is guessing their opinion!!!