Many of our neighborhoods and areas within our community lie adjacent to wildlife areas or open spaces and inevitably can lead to encounters with various species of wildlife, including snakes. The start of spring and warmer weather conditions makes human encounters with snakes more likely.
Snakes, but especially rattlesnakes are widespread throughout California, they have been known to turn up around homes and yards in brushy areas, under wood piles or near rocks and other vegetation. While generally, not aggressive, rattlesnakes will likely retreat if given room or not deliberately provoked or threatened. Most bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing too close.
Bites from snakes are rare, but it is best to know how to avoid encounters with snakes to keep your family and your pets safe.