As Texans gear up to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, experts are advising outdoor lovers to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes.
Over the past month or so, Texas has had abnormally high temperatures and quite a bit of rain. This means that rattlesnakes aren’t ready to crawl into their dens to hibernate just yet. This means that your chances of running into one of these dangerous creatures is higher than normal.
According to the Texas Wildlife Department, one of the major issues with this year’s rattlesnake clan is that they aren’t using their rattles as much as usual. One theory is that the snakes are opting not to use it to keep away predators like hogs. Without that recognizable sound, a snake could be lingering at your feet without you even knowing it.
To stay safe, experts are advising people to be more aware of their surroundings while outdoors. Make sure to keep a close watch on where your walking to prevent stepping on a rattler. If you do happen to receive a rattlesnake bite, make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Make sure you also memorize these 5 tips that could save your life after suffering a bite.