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By Diane Sieker

Safely avoid rattlesnakes this spring


Last updated 5/24/2018 at 2:32pm

Johnathan Schmidt

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

As spring arrives with warmer temperatures many of us are tempted to spend more time outside. However, as temperatures increase so does rattlesnake activity.

So far this year, there have been dozens of rattler sightings. It is up to us to be wary of unintended contact.

Rattlesnakes are fascinating reptiles. They have heat-sensing organs on each side of their face, called "loreal" pits that help them locate prey. It is why they are commonly called "pit vipers," a group that includes rattlesnakes, water moccasins and copperheads. They sport dead skin "buttons" on the end of their tails that f...

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