Arizona officials warn residents that extremely dangerous baby rattlesnakes will be emerging soon.
Arizona Poison and Drug Information centers are reminding residents it is baby rattlesnake season.
Adult rattlesnakes mate during late spring in Arizona. The female then carries the eggs until they are ready to hatch, usually in July and August. The mother will then give birth to four to ten babies.
Baby rattlesnakes are only about 10 inches long and blend into their environment perfectly, which has earned them the nickname the “invisible snake.”
Unlike their parents, their rattles have not yet developed to alert people of their presence with their rattle. They have what is known as a pre-button that cannot make the infamous warning until after their second skin shed.
Without their early warning system, baby rattlesnakes are more likely to strike than adults as you unknowingly stumble upon them. Their venom lacks the enzyme that causes swelling and will stop the blood’s ability to clot. This leads most people to think they have not been poisoned until the venom does advanced damage down the road.
The babies are most likely to strike you on your arms and legs. Their bite feels like a bee sting or pinching sensation, leaving people who did not see the attacker to wave it off.
If you feel you may have been bitten, contact the Poison and Drug Information Center in Tucson at 1-800-222-1222. They will help you identify if it is a snakebite and what actions to take next.