John Lavrusky photographs snake on his front steps in Mesa
Viewer-submitted photo of rattlesnake from John Lavrusky
The rattlesnake slithers across viewer's front steps
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Warmer temperatures are bringing out the snakes and diamondback rattlesnakes are typically the first to emerge.
"They don't have a deep hibernation so as soon as it gets warm, they're coming out," said Russ Johnson of the Phoenix Herpetological Center.
Johnson said one recent call saw his crews remove a rattlesnake from a person's garbage can.
Viewer-submitted photos from John Lavrusky of Mesa point to the dangers possibly lurking around homes.
"The photo's are of a rattlesnake that was taken the other day on our front steps and I had another one on the same steps today," Lavrusky said in an email.
Lavrusky lives in northeast Mesa below the Goldfield Mountain Range. "They have been actively moving about these last two days," he said. "Everyone should be very alert when hiking or taking walks in the desert."
Johnson urged homeowners living in areas populated by snakes to keep their garage doors closed when not in use.
He said the overnight hours are when snakes are most likely to be on the move.
"From sundown to sun up, that's when the rodents are out and that's when the snakes on the prowl," he said.
Last Thursday, a girl was bitten possibly by a rattlesnake in a desert park near Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway.
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