SALT LAKE CITY – Warmer weather can bring unwanted guests into backyards, and rattlesnakes are among the animals looking for shelter and shade.
The season is still early, but there have already been several reports of rattlesnake bites. Reptile Rescue is a non-profit organization that removes snakes free of charge, and they said they receive about a dozen calls each week.
“When food is more abundant you usually have more snakes, and we had a lot last year,” Jim Dix of Reptile Rescue said. “This year it is just starting to warm up, and we will start seeing an increase in snakes.”
Dix said a rattlesnake bite can be a very costly experience.
“The anti-venom is about $8,000 a vial, and they start you off with six vials,” he said. “$48,000 right off the bat with no hospital bill, so it’s an expensive lesson to learn. And even after you’ve been bit you can still have side effects.”