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Beware of 'invisible' snakes

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Beware of 'invisible' snakes

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Aug 7, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is advising anyone outdoors to beware of baby rattlesnakes in the coming weeks.

Officials with the center tell KGUN9 that rattlesnakes welcome their offspring in July and August and baby snakes have no rattle, therefore no warning before they strike.

The babies range in length from six to 12 inches and have enough venom to be very dangerous.

They camouflage easily in brush and grass, making them invisible.

So far this summer, one victim has reported to the center that several baby snakes were near him when he was bit.

Anyone who may feel a mysterious sting, pinch or bite while outdoors should immediately call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222. Even if you don't feel any pain, but notice a small cut or wound, officials advise you to call.

 

Rikki Mitchell

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.