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By Diane Sieker

Safely avoid rattlesnakes this spring


Last updated 5/18/2018 at 3pm

Johnathan Schmidt

A red diamond rattlesnake crawls away after being released into the wilderness away from people.

Spring is a wonderful time of year. Birds are celebrating in the trees; animals and their young can be seen frolicking in the meadows and new foliage is blooming. It is a magical time, but as the temperatures increase, so does the rattlesnake activity levels.

So far this year, there have been dozens of rattler sightings, from Anza, to the desert and even in Wildomar, Murrieta and Temecula. The animals are becoming more active as the weather warms, and it up to us to be wary of unintended contact.

Rattlesnakes are fascinating reptiles. They have heat-sensing organs on each side of its face,...

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