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Bites increase during rattlesnake birthing season

Arizona is in the middle of rattlesnake birthing season, leading to an increased risk of snakebites, according to poison control experts. ... Read more»

Az lawmaker wants to allow people to shoot rat and snake shot within city limits

It’s been illegal to fire a weapon within city limits in Arizona since 2000. One state rep. wants to tweak that statute – commonly referred to as “Shannon’s Law” – and add an exemption for people to shoot rat or snake shot. Tucson resident Charles Heller, a spokesman for a gun-rights group, supports the bill and said shooting snakes has been a long-time practice here.... Read more»

Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes are active, dangerous

Arizona rattlesnakes and their offspring are active and residents should be on the lookout for them over the next few weeks. Baby rattlesnakes, born in July and August, strike without warning and have enough venom to be a serious health hazard, authorities said.... Read more»

Feds declare Az, NM gartersnakes threatened species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted threatened species status Monday to northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnakes, saying the animals in Arizona and New Mexico could otherwise be in danger of extinction.... Read more»

Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes have dangerous bites

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is warning Arizonans to be on the lookout of rattlesnakes and their new offspring. Baby rattlesnakes, on the rise in August, strike without warning and pack enough venom to be a serious health hazard.... Read more»

Feds target critical habitat for endangered gartersnakes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has targeted hundreds of thousands of acres in Arizona and New Mexico that it wants to designate as critical habitat for two endangered gartersnakes. The service said that the northern Mexican gartersnake and the narrow-headed gartersnake need to be protected because they are threatened by loss of habitat and by competition from nonnative species.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: 'Stamp out Hunger' this Saturday

Interviews with Sen. Linda Lopez, Dr. Keith Boesen of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, Tucson Weekly's Jim Nintzel, TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, Bill Carnegie of the Community Food Bank of Arizona and Dan Turrentine of the Letter Carriers Association, plus Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

Rattlesnakes still biting as heat continues

With 39 people bitten by rattlesnakes last month, and eight bites reported in the just first five days of September, hikers, yard workers and those venturing outdoors in the evening should continue to be cautious.... Read more»

Cochise County's rattlesnakes even deadlier than most

Like humans, rattlesnakes like the outdoors this time of the year. And the Mojave rattlesnake that's commonly found in Cochise County might be more deadly than any rattler in any other area of Arizona.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

An orgy of serpents

Any artist knows this maxim (or one like it): 'Why draw when you can suggest?' Monet continued to paint well into blindness this way.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen words for snow

The dangers of snakes and tobacco

Some estimates put the annual number of humans bit by venomous snakes at 5.4 million, resulting in perhaps 125,000 deaths. The CDC reports that in the United States alone, 440,000 annual deaths are smoking-associated. It is unclear at this time how many of the snakebite-related fatalities are caused by smoking serpents.... Read more»