Experts on venomous creatures at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center advise gardeners, hikers, and youngsters to be especially cautious about rattlesnakes during the summer months.
Whether human desert dwellers are ready or not, Arizona’s rattlesnakes are welcoming offspring. Baby rattlers are born and active in July and August. The baby snakes have no rattle until they first shed their skins, so they make no warning sound before striking.
The babies range in length from six to 12 inches, and have plenty of venom to be very dangerous. Brush and grass may camouflage the small snakes so well that they are “invisible” to people.
The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in Tucson, part of the UA College of Pharmacy, serves all parts of the state of Arizona except Maricopa County. It provides free and confidential poison control and medication information to the public and health care professionals. The hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 800-222-1222 from any location to reach the poison center nearest you.