Watch out for the baby rattlesnakes

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Watch out Arizona! It's that time of the year when rattlesnakes give birth and we see an abundance of babies.

"Female rattlesnakes can typically deposit eight to 12 babies a year," said Dan Marchand with the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

Marchand says just because they're small doesn't mean they're not dangerous. Baby rattlesnakes are hard to spot because they blend in with our environment and they don't rattle.

Baby rattlesnakes don't make noise for about the first three months of their lives.

"They strike quickly and very often because they're nervous, they're new into this world, and oftentimes little snakes will strike two or three times," said Marchand.

Marchand says the snakes usually come out when it's cooler outside, early in the morning and late at night. If you're hiking, stay on trails.

And because snakes like to hang out in the dark, they could be inside or outside your home and they love crawl spaces. If your home is centrally located, you're not out of the woods.

"If you live anywhere in Arizona and there's desert of any kind two miles from your house, there could be a rattlesnake in your backyard," said Marchand.