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Rattlesnake Sightings on the Rise

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Rattlesnake Rescuer Hugo Heermann says he's caught almost twice as many this year than did by this time last year.

"It's because of the three year drought, Hugo said. "All the snakes are coming down from the mountains looking for water," Hugo said.

He showed FOX 11 a trash can full of ones he recently caught in the Santa Clarita area.

"Here's one we found at Central Park, it was under the bleachers," Hugo said.

He says the strangest place he ever found a rattlesnake was inside the transmission of his neighbors Prius. 

Heerman is an expert Snake Handler.  He's been doing it part-time for 40 years and currently is rehabilitating 200 snakes and 40 lizards at his home. During the rest of his time he's a math teacher.

"I'd say that's scarier," Hugo chuckled. 

Even though Hugo is seeing more rattlesnakes, there hasn't been a big jump in snake bites.

California Poison Control System reports as of mid June, 128 people have been bitten and 93 of those received doses of anti venom. That's slightly ahead of last year's pace. But we're still early in the snake season.

"If you do get bit don't apply any medical care," Hugo said its important to call the hospital before you show up so they can get the anti venom out of the refrigerator and down to room temperature.  

"Let them know and get someone to drive you there," Hugo said.

He says if you ever see one do not try to catch it yourself. Call animal control or you can find him online. 

Los Angeles County Animal Control: tel:(818) 367-3191

Website: lacounty.gov

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