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UA doctor’s drug could buy time between rattlesnake bite and anti-venom treatment

As soon as a rattlesnake sinks its fangs into a victim, the venom starts traveling through the bloodstream. Within seconds, people can experience pain, swelling, bleeding and trouble breathing. It’s a race against time to get to a hospital. The longer it takes to get treatment, the higher the odds of long-term injury or death.... Read more»

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»

Snake oil? Experts say snakebite kits don't work, delay care

For those heading into rattlesnake territory, a snakebite kit – often featuring an illustration of a viper ready to strike – may seem to offer a measure of safety. But experts say they can do more harm than good. “If you’re snakebit and you’re relying on this to save your life, you’re wasting your time completely." ... Read more»

Wetter months mean more prey, but not necessarily more rattlesnakes

After seeing more rain than usual during the cooler months, Arizona has plenty of vegetation to feed the rodents and birds that rattlesnakes love to eat. But that doesn’t mean more rattlesnakes now that temperatures are warming up, experts say. That may happen in a couple years, but not until rattlesnakes fat and happy from plentiful food live to make baby rattlesnakes.... 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»

Video: Lion, bears & more at Catalina Mtn. spring

A recently shot video shows a mountain lion, black bear, a family of Coues deer, a coatimundi and other animals enjoying a natural spring in the Catalina Mountains. Watch as the bear wallows in the cool water, and catch a snippet of a bear-rattlesnake standoff.... Read more»2

Rattlesnakes buzzing in backyards after mild winter

Arizonans can expect to see an earlier start to rattlesnakes season after a mild winter. Keeping safe is as easy as staying on trails and being careful while doing yard work. ... Read more»

Gila monsters, rare rattlers make Az ‘Shangri-La’ for poachers

Along with four other venomous reptile species protected in Arizona – the twin-spotted, massasauga, banded rock and ridge-nosed rattlesnakes – Gila monsters make Arizona a draw for reptile poachers. A Gila monster, one of only two venomous lizards in the world, can fetch up to $1,500 on the black market, according to experts. ... Read more»

Silent baby rattlers pose risks for the unsuspecting

Not only are baby rattlesnakes silent, they can be more likely than adults to bite — and because their bites may not cause swelling, some victims are unaware they've been bitten until they suffer severe bleeding problems. "Last Saturday in the Tucson area alone, we had eight bites in 36 hours. That’s a lot of bites."... 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»

Good conditions for rattlesnakes, but run-ins with people should be rare

After two straight winters with enough rainfall to create good conditions for rattlesnakes, hikers, hunters and golfers have extra reason to be on alert as temperatures warm, experts say.... 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»

Local expert predicts busy rattlesnake season

This year’s cold, rainy weather may delay rattlesnake season a bit, but it ultimately will mean more snakes when they surface in full force, probably the beginning of April.... Read more»1