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How Dangerous Are Rattlesnakes In Tucson?

June 15, 2021 - Home Pest Control

There is something innate about snakes that makes them scarier than other creatures. Maybe it is the way they move, slithering on their bellies. It could also be due to the potential danger they pose. If you didn’t know, many area snakes possess powerful venom that causes moderate to severe pain in affected individuals. One way to easily know if a snake is dangerous is if you hear it start to rattle. To help you understand rattlesnakes and the dangers they pose here in Tucson, here are some facts every local should know.

Rattlesnakes That Live In Tucson

There are many species of rattlesnakes that call Tucson home. Beyond the rattle-like appendage on the end of their tails, here is how to identify some of these pests that live in our area and sometimes find their way onto properties.

  • Prairie Rattlesnake: The prairie rattlesnake grows up to 35 to 45 inches in length, is greenish-gray, olive green, or greenish-brown in color, and has soft gray spots that run down its body.
  • Twin-Spotted Rattlesnake: The Twin-spotted rattlesnake is a smaller, more slender snake. This pest has a pale brown body and 39 to 64 dark brown to black pairs of spots that run down its body. Some of these spots are fused to this snake’s back and form irregular dark crossbands.
  • Speckled Rattlesnake: Adult speckled rattlesnakes grow to be 24 to 30 inches long and sometimes larger. You can further identify one of these reptiles by its earthy and sometimes orange or pink tones and the black speckles that form indistinct crossbars and/or dorsal blotches running down its back.
  • Western Diamond-Backed Rattlesnake: The western diamond-backed rattlesnake is a heavy-bodied reptile with a triangular-shaped head. On each side of its face, from face to jaw, are two dark diagonal lines. These lines are followed by dark diamonds that run the length of this pest’s back.

The Dangers Of Rattlesnakes

Not all rattlesnakes pose the same level of danger to humans. This is due to how aggressive they are and how potent their venom is. In all cases, rattlesnake venom causes moderate to severe pain. This is usually accompanied by the destruction of skin tissue around the area of the bite. Other related symptoms to rattlesnake bites include.

  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Salivation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty breathing

If you are ever bitten by a rattlesnake, it is important that you seek out medical attention immediately to reduce symptoms and lower your risk of more serious injury.

How To Discourage Rattlesnakes From Your Property

Snakes come onto properties for a variety of reasons. To protect your yard from these dangerous invaders, here are a few helpful prevention tips to use.

  • Install a fence around your yard and garden.
  • Fill in holes in your yard.
  • Clean up clutter and debris.
  • Make sure your home’s exterior foundation is properly sealed.
  • Repair damage to shielding around decks, porches, and other raised structures.

How Professionals Deal With Rattlesnakes

There is no denying that rattlesnakes are dangerous and unwelcome guests around area properties. The question is, how do you get one of these pests out of your yard or home when they invade? We recommend letting the professionals at Preventative Pest Control know. Our team has the safety equipment, traps, and industrial-grade equipment needed to remove dangerous snakes from properties. We also offer services to help you keep these threatening reptiles off of your property where they belong.

Give our team a call now to learn more about our snake control or to schedule your Tucson property for an emergency service visit to remove a rattlesnake.

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