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A rattlesnake crossing a dirt road. Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

It’s spring time in Colorado, and time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  But while enjoying the nice weather, watch out for rattlesnakes that have come out of hibernation. Early spring is officially rattlesnake season in Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that if a rattlesnake is encountered:

  1. Freeze in place. They are often heard before they are seen. If you hear a rattlesnake, freeze until the snake can be located. Attempting to move away can result in moving closer. Freezing also reduces the threat you pose, even if the snake is visible.
  2. Seek to establish a safe distance. Rattlesnakes can strike to a distance half their body, so put at least five feet between you and the snake. Slowly move back the direction you came if possible.
  3. Leave the snake alone. Under no circumstances should you try to kill, provoke, or touch a rattlesnake. One-third of snakebite victims are a result of trying to handle or kill the snake.

For more information visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s website.