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Hot weather brings out the rattlesnakes

Posted at 10:18 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 06:58:07-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The recent run of 80 degree temperatures have brought out the rattlesnakes a little earlier than normal.

So far no one has gotten bit this year.

The Director of Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center Keith Boesen offers warnings to those who encounter snakes.

"The best advice is to leave it alone, if you are in close proximity of a rattlesnake take one step back," said Boesen.

Snakes generally strike about half of their body length, he said. If you are at least three feet away you will be fine with generally any of the rattlesnakes in Arizona.

Last year 180 snake bites were reported.