Every year snake season rolls around in New Mexico and Texas means it's time to brush up on our knowledge of these scaly critters and learn how to stay SAFE while sharing the great outdoors with them.

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SNAKE ACTIVITY: TIMING AND HABITATS TO KEEP IN MIND

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According to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, snakes are MOST active during spring and fall, like lazy cold-blooded assassins, either going into or coming out of hibernation.

While spotting snakes during hikes can be entertaining, remember they are experts at BLENDING in with their surroundings.

So, a casual romp outside the beaten path most likely will be your last.


COMMON SNAKES: KNOW YOUR REPTILIAN NEIGHBORS

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Rattlesnakes, along with bullsnakes, gopher snakes, and milk snakes, are commonly found in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Among rattlesnakes, the Western Diamondback, Prairie, and Rock rattlesnakes are notable species you may encounter.


TOP SAFETY GUIDELINES: HOW TO COEXIST WITH SNAKES

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To ensure your safety during snake season, follow these guidelines:

1.  Stay alert: Keep an eye out for snakes, especially in tall grass, near rocks, or water sources.

2.  Keep a safe distance: If you see a snake, remain at least its full body length away.

3.  Don't interfere: Avoid poking or trying to catch snakes, as this increases your risk of being bitten. Long story short, don't be a d***.

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4.  Clean up: Eliminate food, water, and shelter sources in your yard to discourage snake habitation. I'm talking to you, hoarders.

5.  Safeguard pets: Supervise pets outdoors and keep them on a leash to prevent snake encounters.


EXTRA PRECAUTIONS: ENSURING A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE

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Also, keep these additional tips in mind:

6.  Listen for rattles: Rattlesnakes use their rattles as a warning, so back away slowly if you hear one.

Exercise caution around all snakes, as not every snake will rattle before striking.

7.  Wear protective clothing: Throw on some long pants, boots, or closed-toe shoes in snake-prone areas.

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Snake-proof gaiters may be a worthwhile investment for hikers.

8.  Limit nighttime excursions: Snakes are more active at night, especially during hot summer months.

Carry a flashlight if outdoors after dark.

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9.  Teach kids about snake safety: Help children recognize venomous snakes and understand snake safety measures.

10.  Be prepared: In case of a snakebite, stay calm, immobilize the bitten limb, and seek medical assistance immediately.


EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION: TEACHING KIDS SNAKE SAFETY

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Avoid outdated treatments like venom suction, wound cutting, or ice application.

By staying informed and following these precautions, you can enjoy the beauty of snake season in New Mexico and Texas while minimizing the risk of snake-related injuries.

Let me know what you think OR if had any close encounters of the slithery kind at nico@klaq.com

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