RYAN ORR Staff Writer
Victorville Daily Press
Mojave (Green) Rattlesnake Crotalus scutulatus
ADELANTO — With snake season quickly approaching, more Mojave Green Rattlesnakes are expected to be roaming the Victor Valley this year.
Last year there were very few bugs, lizards and rodents, said Joe Banashek, a Mojave field researcher from Adelanto. This year, he expects there to be a lot more of those, which will draw out a lot more snakes.
“There will definitely be more bites this year,” said Banashek.
Because of the greenery and general yard maintenance, residents — especially in rural areas — will be at a higher risk this year because of the increased number of snakes, Banashek said.
Although there is expected to be an increased number of Mojave Greens this year, next year Banashek said he expects to see even more.
The Victor Valley includes the habitats of not only the Mojave Green, but also the Southern California Rattlesnake. Both highly venomous.
“Every snake bite and every person is different,” Banashek said. “If it hits a vain, you could be dead in a matter of 15 minutes.”
Banashek said that if someone is bitten, they should remove any tight-fitting jewelry or clothes and have someone call so that they can be airlifted to the hospital.
No one should attempt to drive themselves to the hospital or try to suck out the venom.
“The idea is basically enjoy nature, but leave it alone, when at all possible,” Banashek said.
Snake safety tips:
- If you see a snake, back away from it
- If you are bitten, do not attempt or have anyone else attempt to suck the venom out
- Immediately take off any tight-fitting jewelry or clothing
- Call 911 or have someone call them for you and request to be taken to the nearest hospital
- Do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital