Surprise Fire officials say a man was taken to the hospital after he was bitten by a rattlesnake on Thursday morning.
Emergency crews were called out to a rural farming area near the Loop 303 and Cactus Road where the snake bite occurred.
A man around 50 years old was reportedly moving equipment when the snake bit him on the finger.
Fire officials say they're not surprised rattlesnakes are out, though it's a little early for activity.
According to the United States Forest Service, most rattlesnake bites occur between April and October when there is the most activity outdoors.
In case of a rattlesnake bite, the Forest Service says to:
- Stay calm
- Call Dispatch via radio or 911
- Wash the bite area gently with soap and water if available
- Remove watches, rings, etc., which may constrict swelling
- Immobilize the affected area
- Keep the bite below the heart if possible
- Transport safely to the nearest medical facility immediately.