COLORADO SPRINGS — A man was hospitalized Tuesday after he was bitten by a rattlesnake, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD).
The department said crews responded to a call around 4:40 p.m. after a man said he had been bitten by a rattlesnake while he was riding his bike a Ute Valley Park.
Due to quick thinking from a CSFD Medical Lieutenant, a call was made to Penrose Hospital requesting anti-venom to be made available upon the man's arrival. Thanks to these actions the man was treated quickly and successfully.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has some tips if you encounter a snake:
- Freeze in place. Snakes are often heard before they are seen. If you hear a rattlesnake, FREEZE in place until you or a companion can locate the animal.
- Attempting to move away from a snake you cannot see may lead you closer to it.
- Even if the snake is in plain view, freezing movement will reduce the threat you pose to the snake and help you calmly assess the situation.
- Establish space between you and the snake as they can strike from a long distance.
- A good rule of thumb is to put at least five feet between yourself and the snake. If possible, move slowly back the way you came.
- Leave the snake alone. NEVER, under any circumstances, should you try to catch, kill, provoke or move a rattlesnake.
- One-third of people who suffer snake bites were bitten due to trying to handle or kill the snake. Move around the rattlesnake at a safe distance out of its way.
- If you find a snake in your home or garage, call your local wildlife office for directions.
- In urban areas, many pest control companies can remove them for you.
Snakes are most often seen in rocky areas, around logs, or out near trails sunbathing. Those exploring trails are urged to remain on designated paths.
Hikers are also encouraged to:
- Not wear headphones to listen for a rattlesnake's rattle
- Protect feet and ankles when outdoors
- Use extra caution when it becomes dark
- Travel in groups
To learn more about what to do if you encounter a snake, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Website.
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