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More Las Vegas rattlesnake sightings amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 9:01 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 21:19:32-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Warm weather in Las Vegas means rattlesnake season, and with the stay-at-home order put in place back in March, many families across the valley had more time to go on walks and hikes.

13 Action News talked with experts from the Nevada Department of Wildlife about how the pandemic may have impacted the snakes activities.

"What we're seeing is an increase in people out in the wild, and that's going to increase the number of sightings because there's a better chance for interaction," says Doug Nielsen, the conservation education supervisor.

Here are some things you should do if you encounter a rattlesnake:

  1. Listen and freeze. If you hear a rattle, stop what you're doing and look at your feet. If you don't see the snake, walk back the way you came.
  2. Protect your dogs. They're more likely to get bit, so keep them on a leash.
  3. Dress appropriately. Wear thick socks around your ankles while hiking.
  4. Take a pic. If you do get bit, remain calm and try to get a picture of the snake. This will help a doctor with the anti-venom.