Man walking in De Luz is bit by rattlesnake

DE LUZ ­– A rattlesnake bit a man walking in the area of Carancho and Los Gatos roads in De Luz at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The victim, whose name was not released, was able to immediately summon help, according to a fire department representative. He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported to an inland trauma center, but his condition could not be confirmed.

It’s unclear how or why the man got so close to the rattler, but snakes are emerging from hibernation all over the inland region and are actively hunting and breeding now that temperatures are rising.

The U.S. Forest Service advised visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest and other remote locations to be on the lookout for rattlers – and avoid them altogether, if possible.

“If you see a snake, back away to at least six feet from the snake (because) they can strike a distance equal to their body length,” according to a USFS statement. “If you can’t walk around the snake to continue on your way, stamp your feet until it moves away. Keep dogs and horses under control. Rattlesnakes do not always rattle as a warning prior to striking, so don’t assume that if you didn’t hear a rattle, that it wasn’t a rattlesnake.”

3 Responses to "Man walking in De Luz is bit by rattlesnake"

  1. Vince S.   April 18, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Nothing like a midday rattlesnack.

  2. Preston   April 23, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I do not believe a rattlesnake can strike a distance of its body length —
    Perhaps half its body length (at most) from a coiled position.
    I believe it is better to move away slowly (rather than stamping feet) as they so not see well and strike at fast movement. Also the western Diamond back is know not to flee. In addition to rattling, they coil, hiss and hold their ground when the feel they are being threatened.

  3. Tt   April 24, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Wouldn’t stomping your feet aggravate the snake? I would think that would make it feel threatened by your presence and more likely to strike. Instead of stomping, keep your distance and remain calm, it’s not there to hurt you and you’re not out to hurt it. I’ve only encountered one, but giving it distance and respect was all it needed to slither away peacefully.


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