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Rattlesnakes inundating neighborhoods looking for water in drought: Dogs at risk

Drought bringing rattlesnakes into neighborhoods
Drought bringing rattlesnakes into neighborhoods
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The drought in Northern California has brought some slithering creatures out of their habitats and into neighborhoods looking for water, rattlesnakes. These are not the snakes you want around your home and the people who catch snakes for a living are raking it in right now, according to CBS Local News in Sacramento on June 25.

The California drought is bringing out all types of animals looking for water and food. The snakes are inundating the neighborhoods and people are quick to call someone to remove the slithering creatures when spotted in and around their homes, according to CBS News.

Lee Ramirez, who owns a rattlesnake removal company, reports that this is the busiest years he’s had in the past 30 years. Rattlesnakes are dangerous and the drought has kept the snakes coming. This is evident by the overwhelming amount of calls Ramirez is getting from spooked residents who want the snakes they happen upon around their homes removed.

The snakes can be especially dangerous for pets. If a dog happens to sniff out a place a rattlesnake is calling home, it could get attacked. Ramirez warns pet owners to keep an eye on your pets. He also suggests keeping garage doors closed to avoid a rattlesnake from coming in.

It seems as if the rodents are the ones making a b-line for homes without water or food. Their predators, the rattlesnakes, are following and this is what is causing the massive influx of the rattlers.

Because of the drought people are not watering their lawns as they once did and that runoff that would supply water for the snakes and rodents is no longer there. That is bringing them close to the houses and inside the homes if they find a way in, like through an open garage door.

According to the Animal Medical Center of Southern California, dogs are 20 times more likely to be bit by a rattlesnake than people. They are also 25 percent more likely to die after being bitten than a person is, according to the website.

This would stand to reason because of a dog’s behavior. They are constantly sniffing along the ground and would more than likely be curious if they saw a snake. As far as dying from a rattlesnake bite, a dog is not as big as a person, so the venom, which may not be enough to kill an adult, could kill a dog.