It’s a danger we all kind of signed up for simply by living in the desert – encounters with creepy crawlies like scorpions and rattlesnakes.
If it seems like you can’t scroll through your feeds without seeing a story about rattlesnake bites, you’re not alone. Some people online seem to be worried about hospitals having enough anti-venom to go around.
Don’t believe everything you read on social media.
Arizona’s Family reached out to several hospitals, and none of them confirmed an anti-venom shortage. In fact, a rattlesnake expert thinks there probably aren’t enough snake bites to use up all the anti-venom on hand.
Plenty of people have seen rattlesnakes lately. The Scottsdale Fire Department has gotten almost 150 snake calls in 2019, and 45 of those calls have been just since Saturday, March 23.
Those numbers may seem pretty high, but we asked Bryan Hughes at Rattlesnake Solutions to put them in perspective for us
“It’s pretty typical,” he said.
Snakes are coming out of their dens to look for food and mates right now.
“The weather’s just perfect. They’re spending a lot of time moving around,” Hughes explained. “People are too. So, on [nice] days like this, there’s (sic) more hikers out. So, more people [and] snakes moving around a lot are going to mean a lot of encounters.”
Bottom line: There aren’t more snakes than usual; we’re just seeing them more frequently.