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Rattlesnake Bites

Rhoda Breeden, Wildcat Bluff Nature Center Rhoda Breeden, Wildcat Bluff Nature Center
Jeanie Jaramillo, Texas Panhandle Poison Center. Jeanie Jaramillo, Texas Panhandle Poison Center.

Ryan Cody
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Rattlesnake bites are causing irreversible consequences for residents all over our area. Experts say being in an open field with tall grass is frankly a bad idea this time of year. It's spots like that where rattlesnakes spend the hot Spring and Summer afternoons in the sun.

If you come close to a rattlesnake in the wild, it will generally let you know. "They'll swing their tail around and make as much noise as they possibly can before they will bite you," says Rhoda Breeden.

Breeden says they have not yet seen a rattler this Spring season at The Wildcat Bluff Nature Center. But that doesn't mean they're not around.

"We usually begin having calls about rattlesnake bites in March and so far this year we've already had about 30 calls about rattlesnake bites, says Jeanie Jaramillo of the Texas Panhandle Poison Center.

And because they don't like being near people it is a good idea not to give them a place to hide. "Keep the grass cut and snakes also like to slide along the entrance to a doorway."

So always keep your head down when walking out the door. And if you see a snake, just walk away.

"Most people that get bit by a rattlesnake are either trying to pick it up or trying to kill it. So it's best to let your local animal control handle the problem.

Snake bites are treated based on symptoms so it is not necessary to know what type of rattlesnake you were bit by. Just get help immediately and stay calm because an increased heart rate will circulate the venom through the body much faster.

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