Tips to stay safe as rattlesnakes come out in the summer

Central Valley Today

The hot weather is rising in the Central Valley, and that means, rattlesnakes will be coming out of hibernation.

There’s warnings up and down the state concerning the rise of rattlesnake encounters. Cal Fire said the reptiles are starting to come out now that the weather is getting warmer. About a week ago, one woman was rushed to the hospital after she got bit in the popular poppy fields at Lake Elsinore. Three others were also treated for bites in the area.

We sat down with Dr. Nicklaus Brandehoff, the Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at UCSF Fresno and Community Regional Medical Center to discuss how to stay safe around rattlesnakes.

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Stefanie Bainum