- July 2, 2021
- Posted by: Christine Cornejo
- Category: General
Rattlesnakes, friend or foe, you may ask yourself. From a very far, far, far distance they can be considered a friend as they help to control the populations of rodents, but up close they are typically thought of as a dangerous foe due to their bite. We wouldn’t recommend a rattlesnake as an exterminator of your rodent problem. Instead, contact us here at Craig & Sons and we will handle your rodent problem (and snake problem if one has become an unwanted visitor) for you. But since summer is here and rattlesnakes are known to make an appearance both in the wild and in the not so wild we thought it might be a good time to learn a little bit more about mother nature’s music makers.
In North and South America there are over 32 species of rattlesnake, which allows them to vary in color and size (from 1 to 8 feet long, and 2 to 15 pounds). They are distinguished by their triangle shaped head and black slit eyes. Their skin is made up of the same material as our fingernails and their rattles do not develop until after the first time they shed their skin. You can calculate the amount of times they have shed their skin by counting the number of rattles on their tail.
Egg laying or live birth?
Wait a minute – both! Though it is true that rattlesnakes birth live snakes, it is also true that the mother snakes lay eggs. They do so inside themselves, then the egg hatches and out comes baby snake. Once out in the open the baby is then expected to fend for itself as soon as it can. This makes them venomous and aggressive, along with being a cute little baby.
For the most part rattlesnakes eat mice, rabbits, rats, or ground squirrels. They will also feed on birds, eggs, reptiles, amphibians, insects, small kittens and puppies, and quite a bit of water. So, if your home or neighborhood has any of these populations keep an eye out for rattlesnakes as they may not be too far away. However, rattlesnakes eat approximately once every two weeks, so your rodent population may not diminish very noticeably if a snake is also around.
Hopefully when you encounter a rattlesnake you stay calm and walk very slowly away, do not run. We repeat, DO NOT RUN! If you happen to get bitten by a rattler, take some solace in knowing that less than 4 people die from bites a year, however they can be extremely painful and can damage tissue severely. After feeling a little better knowing this, call the California Poison Control System at 1-800-222-1222 for assistance. They will advise you to head out to the nearest emergency room or treatment center. Before you head to the emergency room do gently wash the wound area and apply a cold wet cloth over the bite. Go to the nearest emergency room or treatment center and call them ahead of your arrival to alert them that a snake bite is on the way. And before leaving the snake, if you can SAFELY get a picture of the snake try to do so, this can help identify the snake type and aid in treatment.
Rattlesnakes are a beautiful part of the ecosystem but are not necessarily the neighbor or pest control representative that we would like to hire. For snake, rodent and all other pest control needs contact us and know you’ll be hiring a friendly representative that won’t bite.