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How to stay safe as rattlesnakes come out to play

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

Rattlesnakes are starting to come out of hibernation, which means you'll likely be seeing more of them slithering around your backyard or on the hiking trails.

March and April are the prime months rattlesnakes come out of hiding and look for places to lay in the sun, similar to Arizonans.

These critters have already started wreaking havoc in Maricopa County.

Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center reports seven people had snake-bites in the valley in the last week.

If you see a rattlesnake, stay as far away from it as you can. Their bite range is between one-quarter to one-half the length of the snake's body.

Banner Health warns hikers to be extra cautious when temperatures are above 82 degrees in the daytime and be extra aware when hiking south-facing slopes and rocky areas. In addition, never place your hands under rocks where you can't see underneath.

If you get bit by a snake, Banner Health suggests:

Don't panic: Stay as calm as possible. If bitten on the hand, remove all jewelry immediately before swelling begins
Don't apply ice to the bite site or immerse the bite in a bucket of ice
Don't use a constricting band/cloth/belt or tourniquet. Do not restrict blood flow in any manner
Don't cut the bite site or try to suck out the venom. Leave the bite site alone!
Don't use electric shock or stun guns of any kind.
Don't try to capture the snake to bring to the hospital. Time spent capturing the snake delays arrival at the emergency department, and may result in additional bites.

FOX 10's Kristy Siefkin visits the Herpetological Society to find out more about snakes and how to stay safe.

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