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Hot weather brings out the rattlesnakes

Posted: 10:18 PM, Feb 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-18 06:58:07-05
Hot weather brings out the rattlesnakes
Hot weather brings out the rattlesnakes
Hot weather brings out the rattlesnakes

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.