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May marks rattlesnake “rush hour” as wintering rattlesnakes emerge from hibernacula (hibernation groups) and head out for a summer of lying in wait for mice, voles, lizards and other small game.

Rattlesnakes are commonly spotted in Jeffco Open Space parks. Do your part to protect yourself, children and pets from negative encounters with prairie rattlesnakes while enjoying the outdoors.

  • Wear appropriate footwear. Closed-toe shoes are best.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. This means one ear bud out at all times, if you are listening to a device as you enjoy the trail.
  • Leash pets and keep them on a short lead. Dogs investigate with their face. This means curious dogs are often bitten on the face, neck and chest.
  • Look before you step, sit or grab. Snakes may be sunning on the trail or on a rocky ledge. They may also be tucked under rock or brush for shade.
  • If you encounter a snake, practice the 30/30 rule: back away by 30 feet and give the snake 30 seconds to decide to leave. Repeat, if necessary. Throwing rocks or trying to move a snake only makes them defensive. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to engage with an angry rattlesnake?” The answer should be, “No.”

Call me today to find your home in the mountains where rattlesnakes don’t live.

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