Rattlesnake Warning For Riverside Residents

Rattlesnake Warning For Riverside Residents
High temps means rattlesnakes still active, expert warns
RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Normally at this time of the month the danger of rattlesnakes starts to diminish a little bit. But that’s not the case in Riverside County where three rattlesnakes slithered onto a private property and one person was bitten.

Amber Griffin’s husband came face to face with a big old rattlesnake in his Riverside backyard.

“Because you never know if they’re gonna reach out to you or chase you,” said Griffin.

It was one of three rattlesnakes in four days that had to be removed from homes in Riverside County. One of which slithered its way inside of someone’s living room.

John Welsh with Riverside County Animal Services said when a retiree found a rattlesnake in his house he tried to capture it himself.

“Snake didn’t want anything to do with that and bit him on the hand,” said Welsh. “The venom raced through his system fairly quickly,”

It circled around the pool drainage system for a while before an animal control officer yanked it out.

Snakes don’t chase people! That information should be corrected in the article because it only increases fear at a time when people should be thinking accurately.

An El Cerrito man in western Riverside County was bitten inside his home by a juvenile rattler he had mistaken for a non-poisonous snake on Sunday, said Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh.

Animal Services officers Cecelia Morris and Tiffany Fuller recovered two snakes on Tuesday and a third snake, seen in a video swimming inside a poolside automatic skimmer, was captured by Fuller on Thursday. That snake was also a juvenile.

All three captured snakes had been reported in Riverside, and later released at a remote location, Welsh said.

The juvenile snake, placed in a coffee can with the intention of relocation by the man who was bitten but then had to seek treatment, died inside the container, Welsh said

The snake bite incident took place Sunday, Welsh said, but Animal Control only learned of it Thursday when the man, who asked not to be identified, contacted the agency and asked for a check of his home to see if any other snakes were in it.

He had by then been under treatment for several days at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Welsh said.

“Some people may consider that we are in the end of snake season,” said Kim McWhorter, a reptile expert with Animal Services. “Not so. Were still dealing with high temps and many rattlesnakes may be producing litters at this stage of summer, she said in a statement.

The man, a retiree, was bit after he noticed the reptile slithering along the floor of his dimly-lit TV room and thought it was either a young gopher or king snake. He intended to put it inside the empty coffee can and release it outdoors, Welsh wrote in a release.

“While attempting to place the snake inside the can, the snake struck his right hand, biting him between the middle and ring fingers. The snake was so young it did not have a large rattle and was not making any sound,” Welsh wrote.

Soon after the bite, the man’s bottom lip started to go numb and he began slurring his words. He also felt numbness in his toes, fingers and feet, Welsh quoted the man as saying.

The man was wobbly by the time he transferred from an emergency gurney to his bed at the hospital, the release said. It went very quick, Welsh quoted him as saying. I had no idea how dangerous it was.


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