rattlesnakes

SNAKES ALIVE! ANIMAL SERVICES WRANGLES BACKYARD RATTLER

 

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

April 14, 2017 (San Diego) -- It’s spring and it seems everyone is enjoying the sunshine, even snakes. A Rancho Peñasquitos couple found a red diamond rattler in their backyard Monday evening and called County Animal Services for help.

Animal Control Officer Joni Palumbo responded to the call. She’s handled snake calls before but never with a snake this large. View video of the rattlesnake wrangling: https://youtu.be/tN5NfsNBotM

CHIEF’S CORNER: RATTLESNAKE SEASON

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Snakes' eyes – they’re watching!

April 10, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- We know all about those snakes at work that slither around trying to work their way into promotions, office social circles and politics, or even belly up to the boss. They’ll do anything (even bite you in the back) as long as it benefits them.  But the snake I’m talking about is actually more fearful of you, however just as dangerous and you need to exercise caution around them: rattlesnakes!

RATTLESNAKE SEASON IS HERE!

 

Safety tips for you and your pet

By Carl Person and Karen Singleton

Photo: California Fish & Game Dept.

July 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --With the arrival of warm weather, we love to be outdoors and take our pets with us to explore and enjoy the beauties of nature. Trails and parks abound in southern California and offer a wide array of different habitats, from low deserts to high Alpine pine forests. Daily, people and their pet companions converge on these sites by the droves. The exhilaration of being in these pristine outdoor environments often makes us forget that, within these treasured getaways, there is a potential for disaster.

VET WARNS OF NEUROTOXIC SNAKES IN SUBURBAN SAN DIEGO NEIGHBORHOODS

 

Photo, left: rattlesnake in Ramona, by Elena Pena

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Neurotoxic snake bites, known as “super bites”, were formerly  rare in our region, found mainly in the Mojave Desert. But 10 News reports these serious bites are occurring now in suburban areas of San Diego and East County.

A dog with a neurotoxin bite in Del Cerro, for example, went into shock and had difficulty walking. The dog was treated at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in La Mesa, where vets told 10 news that three of the ten snakebites treated in the past week have been neurotoxic bites.

TODDLER BITTEN BY RATTLESNAKE IN DEERHORN VALLEY IS RECOVERING

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2014 (Deerhorn Valley) – A 17-month-old child was bitten three times in the abdomen by a rattlesnake yesterday afternoon while playing in on a patio at a home near Barrett Lake in Deerhorn Valley.

NBC reported that the incident was reported at 4:20 in the 20000 block of Manzanita Way.   The Deerhorn Valley Antler indicated that Mercy Air flew out of the area at approximately 5 p.m. with the young patient on board.  The child was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Fortunately, the toddler is recovering, according to his older sister , Jessica Taylor. She posted on the Deerhorn Valley Facebook page this morning that her brother is being treated with anti-venom and is expected to  be fine.  She added, “He’s a tough little guy!”

WATCH FOR RATTLESNAKES AS TEMPERATURES CLIMB

 

Source: County News Service

May 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --As temperatures rise, all sorts of wildlife emerge in the spring., which marks the start of rattlesnake season in San Diego County. As the reptiles come out of hibernation, it’s not uncommon to spot them locally, though bites are rare. Most sightings happen between now and October.

The County’s Department of Animal Services has removed dozens of rattlesnakes from residents’ homes and yards so far this month, said Dawn Danielson, Animal Services Director.

RATTLESNAKE CALLS TRIPLE OVER WARM WINTER

 

County News Service

March 15, 2014 (San Diego)--Since Jan. 1, DAS has received 78 calls from the community. Last year, only 24 calls came in during that time frame.

“Our very mild winter and several heat spells are drawing the rattlesnakes out of their dens a little earlier this year,” said DAS Director Dawn Danielson.

CHILD BITTEN BY RATTLESNAKE IN SPRING VALLEY; COUNTY REPORTS JUMP IN SNAKE SIGHTINGS

 

April 23, 2013 (Spring Valley)—A 5-year-old girl was bitten on the foot by a snake yesterday while playing in a grassy common area of a condo complex at 8700 Spring Canyon Road in the La Presa area of Spring Valley.  CAL FIRE/San Miguel Fire District firefighters responded to the call shortly before noon.  With help from residents, firefighters from Station 16 located and confirmed it to be a rattlesnake.

The child was transported to Sharp Grossmont where she is receiving anti-venom.  "She is doing well, according to the mother," Leonard Villareal with San Miguel Fire told ECM today.

San Diego County Animal Services indicated there was a huge jump in snake calls yesterday. As the weather warms up, the snakes become more active.

Animal Poison Control Center offers several tips to avoid chance encounters with snakes:

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: SPRING TIME, OUTDOOR TIME, SNAKE TIME!

April 3, 2013 (San Diego) – It’s springtime so naturally people and snakes begin to share the outdoors and encounters with snakes become inevitable. Were all enjoying the nice weather at taking more hikes and outdoor activity increases says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. California has a variety of snakes, most of which are benign. The exception is California’s only native venomous snake - the rattlesnake.

Rattlesnakes generally strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but given room they will retreat. The potential of running into a rattlesnake should not deter anyone from venturing outdoors, but there are several precautions that can be taken to lessen the chance of being bitten when out in snake country - which is just about anywhere in California says Chief DiGiovanna.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: RATTLESNAKE SAFETY

By Sam DiGiovanna, East County Magazine In House Fire Chief

August 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--As spring and summer time calls people and snakes alike to the outdoors, encounters with snakes become inevitable. California has a variety of snakes, most of which are benign. The exception is California’s only native venomous snake - the rattlesnake.

RATTLESNAKE STRIKES TODDLER IN DEERHORN VALLEY

Family vehicle breaks down on way to hospital; officials offer tips for what to do if  bitten

April 21, 2012 (Deerhorn Valley) –San Miguel Fire has issued a reminder to the public about the importance of calling 9-1-1 if you or a family member is bitten by a rattlesnake. The warning comes after a two-year-old boy was struck by a rattler while playing in the yard at his Deerhorn Valley home today.

His parents put the boy in their car and his mother dialed 9-1-1 on her cell phone while heading to a hospital. But a flat tire en route could have ended in tragedy. 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
 
April 16, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:  
 
 
 
 
STATE  
  • CSU faculty members set to vote on strike (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown turns to robocalls and mailers to qualify his ballot initiative (Sacramento Bee)
 
LOCAL   
  • San Diego County: Rents are Rising (KPBS)
  • Palomar campgrounds reopen after successful fundraising drive (KPBS)
  • Rattlesnakes cruise for females, find people (North County Times)
  • Caregiver sentenced in elder abuse of Pearl Harbor victim (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

THE DOG BLOG: RATTLESNAKE SEASON HAS BEGUN….

 
By Dawn Celapino
 
March 23, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Do you live in a rural area? Do you hike or camp with your dog?  If so, you have to be aware that there could be rattlesnakes or other poisonous snakes on and off of the trails and could even come into your yard or neighborhood. Do you know what your dog would do if he/she saw a rattlesnake? Many dogs inadvertently get bit by just sniffing in the bushes. Some are more curious when they see one and try to get closer to get a better look. Others are completely unaware and step right over top of them.

 

RATTLESNAKE AVERSION CLASSSES FOR DOGS MARCH 25

 
Train your dog to avoid rattlesnakes
 
March 20, 2012 (Alpine) -- This is the season for rattlesnakes in the East County. At Natural Instincts Healthy Pet Center , partnering with High On Kennels  there will be rattlesnake aversion classes. Appointments can be made for the  Sunday, March 25 classes.

FISHERMAN BITTEN BY RATTLESNAKE AT CUYAMACA DIES

 

Swift death heightens concern over deadlier toxins in local snakes

 

October 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A 67-year old fly fisherman from La Jolla stopped breathing minutes after being bitten by a rattlesnake while wading across a stream near Cuyamaca Reservoir.

CAL-FIRE RESCUES HIKERS & SNAKE-BITTEN DOGS

 

East County News Service

 

June 28, 2010 (Ramona) – Cal-Fire and the Ramona Fire Department came to the assistance of five hikers who became dehydrated while hiking in the Cedar Creek area of Ramona. In addition, firefighters rescued two of the hikers’ dogs, that were bitten by rattlesnakes.

PUBLIC HELP SOUGHT TO SAVE DOG BITTEN BY RATTLESNAKE

 

September 22, 2009 - > Brittany Garrett of Blossom Valley is asking the pubilc's help to save Mulisha, her one-year-old Australian cattle dog/shepherd mix. Last night, the dog was bitten by a baby rattlesnake, Garrett informed neighbors on a Blossom Valley online forum.  The dog was taken to Animal Medical Center of East County in El Cajon, but the family cannot afford the $1,533.80 needed for treatment.  

 

"My mother is the only person in the house who works at a part-time job," Garrett wrote.  "My father is disabled and so is my grandfather. I am currently in school and three months pregnate.  It would really help if you could donate or help raise money for my puppy."  Donations may be made to:

WRANGLING RATTLESNAKES: A TRUE TALE FROM EAST COUNTY

By Sandra Millers Younger

 

Editor’s note: We’re so inspired by this reader’s “unrattled” attitude over a common backcountry fear that we'd like to make “Tales from East County Readers” a regular feature. Do you have a memorable East County experience to share? If so, please send your essay to editor@eastcountymagazine.org.