Reminder: Rattlesnakes Are Out In The Local Open Space

April 6, 2021 14:00 pm · 9 comments

This is just a friendly reminder that rattlesnakes are out in the local open space. The hot weather will have them looking for shelter and water, so use caution if you’re hiking or biking, and always stay on trails.

In the event of a rattlesnake bite, call 911 immediately. If alone and unable to make a phone call, walk slowly to the nearest area where someone can help make the call.

Lie down to help stay calm, and avoid elevating the affected limb. Keep it below the heart. Sucking out the venom or using a tourniquet to keep it from circulating in the body is not recommended.

Rattlesnake bites are typically associated with two puncture wounds and intense burning pain. Other snakebites can be treated with soap and water, but patients should still seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Officials say the snakes play an important ecological role in controlling pest populations and it’s illegal to kill them or take them home with you.

photos: Rattlesnake on a paved trail and under a bush in Lime Ridge open space near Boundary Oak golf course /

photo credit: WC Resident

Jeff April 6, 2021 at 3:49 PM

Saw three on a Livermore trail last weekend, use caution.


Cellophane April 6, 2021 at 6:35 PM

There are two types of snakes that can kill you.

One type slithers on the ground.

The other type walks around on two legs and tells you the government is here to help you.

BOOYAH! April 6, 2021 at 7:18 PM

…Corn snakes … duh …

ChuckStir April 7, 2021 at 8:21 AM

Niether one of those are Corn Snakes, both rattlers.

Chicken Little April 7, 2021 at 10:06 AM

ChuckStir must be new here. 😂

Dr. Jellyfinger April 6, 2021 at 8:12 PM

“Officials say the snakes play an important ecological role in controlling pest populations and it’s illegal to kill them or take them home with you”

That statement is misleading. It depends on where you are. If you are on private property or on public land like BLM or National Forrest you can take rattlesnakes and you don’t even need a fishing license (tho a fishing license is required for capturing other types of reptiles – see regulations in CDFW rules & regs guide).

“For all species of rattlesnakes except C. ruber, the CDFW regulations show a daily bag and possession limit of two”.

Original G April 6, 2021 at 8:38 PM

Dang, wanted to give a couple as gifts . . . .
OK, who has the map?

WC Resident April 6, 2021 at 8:51 PM

Here’s a photo I took last week of a Northern Pacific rattlesnake.

Dr. Jellyfinger April 7, 2021 at 7:22 AM

Back in the 60’s my older cousins used to participate in rattlesnake roundups where guys would go into the hills and kill as many rattlesnakes as they could find. It was not frowned upon back then.

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