PHOENIX - Snake season is here. Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center reported this week that they received about seven snake bite calls in the past week and a half.
Phoenix Fire says it's not uncommon for snakes to appear on popular hiking trails in search of sun.
Hikers are advised to follow their common sense:
- Avoid touching snakes or getting close to them. Even baby rattlesnakes can release enough venom to cause problems and sometimes you won't hear them.
- If you see a snake, remember it can strike up to half of its body length. You need to stay at least that far away.
- If you see one, walk away.
- If you are bitten, don't panic. Most snake bites are not deadly but you should get help immediately.