Rattlesnake Advisory: Rattlesnake Safety in the Regional Parks By EBRPD News
This a is a great time of year to enjoy the weather and discover beautiful places in East Bay Regional Parks. However, as the weather heats up, rattlesnakes become more active. While, rattlesnake sightings are rare, the Park District is advising the public to follow these safety tips when visiting a Regional Park.
Safety Tips for Visiting Regional Parks:
1. Always hike with a friend so you can help each other in case of emergency.
What to Do If You See a Rattlesnake:
What to Do If Bitten by a Snake:
1. If bitten by a rattlesnake, stay calm and send someone to Call 911. Remain calm by lying down with the affected limb lower than the heart. Do not waste precious time on tourniquets, “sucking,” or snake bite kits. If you are by yourself, walk calmly to the nearest source of help to Dial 911. Do Not Run.
Snakes are an important resource in the natural environment. They are prime controlling agents of rodent, insect, and other reptile populations. They must be enjoyed from afar and left where they are found. It is illegal to collect, kill, or remove any plants or animals from the East Bay Regional Park District. Please help us to protect wildlife and their environment for present and future generations. Additional information available at www.ebparks.org/parks/safety/#Snakes.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 121,000 acres in 73 parks including over1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor