Rattlesnake warning issued for B.C.'s southern interior
Friday, April 8, 2016, 6:37 PM - B.C.'s rising temperatures are causing rattlesnakes to wake from hibernation earlier than usual, prompting Wildsafe B.C. to issue a warning for the southern interior.
Should you come across a rattlesnake, experts say it's best to leave it alone.
"It's really important for people to understand the rattlesnake isn't out to get you," Frank Ritcey, the provincial coordinator of Wildsafe B.C., told the CBC.
"If it bites it's because it's a defensive move, so as long as you leave them alone they'll leave you alone."
In the rare event you do get bitten, go to a hospital immediately. Do not put ice on the wound.
"Remove any jewelry that you have on or anything that can constrict the blood vessels," Ritcey said.
People are being advised to keep their pets on a leash while hiking or walking.
A rattlesnake will not strike unless it feels threatened and will normally slither away to avoid confrontation.
Prior to attacking, it will usually send out a warning by coiling and vibrating its rattle.
Bites are rarely fatal but can cause severe abdominal cramps, nausea and shortness of breath.
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