Posted June 27, 2016 7:00 am by Comments

By Duncan Johnson

If you see a rattlesnake, give it plenty of space. And don't harass it.
If you see a rattlesnake, give it plenty of space. And don’t harass it.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR)
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR)

Utah-( Coming across a rattlesnake in the wild — or in your yard — can be a frightening experience.

But it doesn’t have to be. If you respect the snake and give it some space, there’s almost no chance your encounter with it will be negative. And, if you can find a safe place to watch the snake, you’ll observe one of the most unique critters in the world.

“Rattlesnakes are a very important part of Utah’s ecosystem,” says Krissy Wilson, native aquatic species coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

“They control pests,” she says, “such as mice and voles. They’re fascinating creatures.”

Tips to stay safe in rattlesnake country are available from Wild Aware Utah. You can get the free tips at .

Southwest Partners also provides free rattlesnake safety information. A copy of the organization’s “Living with Venomous Reptiles” brochure is available online.

Staying safe

Wilson says summer is the time of year when most rattlesnake encounters happen in Utah.

Eight rattlesnake subspecies live in Utah. The most common is the Great Basin rattlesnake. The …Read the Rest

Source:: AmmoLand

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