How can I avoid snakebite?
— Stay on the beaten path when walking in rattlesnake habitat. Don't walk in bare feet or sandals and use a flashlight at night.
— Always watch where you put your hands and feet, do not reach into areas where you cannot see.
— If you hear a rattlesnake, stop moving and determine the snake’s location. Slowly step away and give the snake room to move away.
— Protect your pets. Keep dogs on a leash when walking though rattlesnake habitat.
What do I do if I get bitten?
— Stay calm and reduce movement. Clean the wound. Remove jewelry on the affected limb.
— Don't apply ice or a tourniquet and don't cut or apply suction to the bite area.
— Call 911 and get to a hospital as quickly as possible.