Record warm temperatures mean early rattlesnake activity

Record warm temperatures mean early rattlesnake activity

TUCSON, ARIZONA - If you love February's record heat, you're not alone.

First responders said rattlesnakes may be active earlier than usual.

Temperatures are forecast to reach the mid 80s on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and first responders said the public should be alert and watch out for rattlesnakes.

Bites can cause pain, swelling, and lots of problems if not treated immediately.

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center said the warning is a little unusual for this time of year. Typically, rattlesnakes are most active from April through October.

The center reported no confirmed snake bites so far in 2016.

Officials said they hope it stays that way.

Brian Keeley, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District, said the district received some calls over the past few days to remove snakes from people's property.

It depends on your insurance coverage, but Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center officials said the overall cost to treat a rattlesnake bite can be tens of thousands of dollars.

It could also result in a three- to five-day hospital stay and weeks, possibly months of follow-up care.

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