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Here are some helpful tips from fs.usdda.gov in regards to what to do if you see a rattlesnake. They are still out and about due to the unseasonably warm temperatures right now.
To avoid rattlesnake bites some safety precautions will help:
Wear appropriate over-the-ankle hiking boots, thick socks, and loose-fitting long pants. Never go
barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas.
When hiking, stick to well-used trails if all possible.
Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.
Look at your feet to watch where you step and do not put your foot in or near a crevice where you
Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark.
If a fallen tree or large rock is in your path, step up on to it instead of over it, as there might be a snake
on the other side.
Be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood.
Check out stumps or logs before sitting down, and shake out sleeping bags before use.
Do not turn over rocks or logs. If you must move a rock or log, use gloves and roll it toward you, giving
anything beneath it the opportunity to escape in the opposite direction.
Never grab “sticks” or “branches” while swimming in lakes and rivers. Rattlesnakes can swim.
Avoid approaching any snake you cannot positively identify as a safe species.
If you hear the warning rattle, move away from the area and do not make sudden or threatening
movements in the direction of the snake.
Remember rattlesnakes do not always rattle before they strike!
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