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Rattlesnake Bites--Arizona

About 150 people every year are bitten by rattlesnakes in Arizona. Rattlesnakes found in Arizona can be lethal.  

Source: "Slithering Around Town" by Judy Hedding  http://phoenix.about.com/cs/desert/a/snakes01.htm

Statistics estimate that there are approximately 8,000 venomous snakebites each year in the U.S.--these typically result in 8 to 15 deaths. Less than 1 percent of bites are fatal.*
(Venomous snakes mean all venomous snakes, not just rattlesnakes.)
 
The rattlesnake striking range is about one-half to two-thirds of the body length of the snake. Usually the best way to avoid a bite is to just stay still and let the snake move away from you. If you have to move, move slowly, quick movements might elicit a rattlesnake bite. ###
 
Rattlesnake bites are more common around Labor Day.  Snake season starts in March and ends in late October. 
  
Most of the rattlesnake bites in Arizona are delivered by the Western diamondback rattlesnake. ###

Rattlesnakes are also known as “buzzworms” because of their buzz-like rattle.
 
Sources:  
### “1 bite already reported, here are tips for safety. Arizona Daily Star. March 9, 2010. Page 1.
*"Snakebite fatality prompts warning." Arizona Daily Star. September 17, 2005. Page 1.
 
 
 
 
 

 

    

 

Finding rattlesnake bite statistics for Tucson and Arizona is difficult

Article tagged with: Snake Bites, Rattlesnake Bites, Arizona

Last Update: 7-31-2014 12:28pm

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