This rattlesnake was photographed by  Rene Johnson earlier this year in a grassy area above Somersett.

Living in the high desert comes with its challenges. This is especially true for a relatively new development as it competes with area wildlife which has always been part of the area.

The dry, hot weather of June, July and August (and sometimes deep into September) is ideal weather for snakes to slither about. During this time of year, rattlesnake sightings are common.

Here are some tips for keeping you safe while walking the trails and streets of Somersett.

  • Look ahead. Always look ahead several yards when walking in the area, not JUST where you are stepping. Be alert and pay attention to your surroundings.
  • If you spot a snake, give it room. Snakes don’t have external ears but they are sensitive to vibrations and can feel your footsteps as you get closer. Snakes can only strike within half of their length, so give it lots of room and walk around it at a distance.*
  • Stay calm. Quick movements threaten the snake. If they start to rattle, it’s a warning. Be calm. Back off, and walk around the snake.

For your dogs

  • Get your dogs the rattlesnake vaccine. The vaccine is made from venom and works so that if your dog is bitten, the reaction to the bite MAY BE REDUCED and delayed. It is not completely eliminated, so please get them to a vet quickly.
  • Walk your dog on a six-foot leash. This should give you that ability to restrain your pet in time to walk around or away from the snake.
  • If your dog is bitten, please pick him/her up, get them to a car and get him/her to the vet immediately. If you cannot lift your dog, walk him/her slowly to your vehicle.**

*CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM SNAKES.

**CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROTECTING YOUR PETS FROM SNAKES.

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