Learn about the local rattlers and local snakes

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A red diamond rattlesnake waits in the grass. Valley News/Linda Richards photo

TEMECULA – The snakes are out. “Snakes 101: All about Rattlesnakes and Local Snakes” will be held Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Temecula Valley Historical Society, located in the Red Barn to the right of Kohl’s at Temecula Parkway and Redhawk Parkway.

William Hayes, a biology professor at Loma Linda University, will be bringing his knowledge to help people understand local snakes, the science behind relocation and the importance of a balance in nature. Food is not allowed, and the event is recommended for adults and for children 12 and older. Due to historical artifacts, children must be supervised.

Hayes will dispel common myths – such as baby rattlesnakes are not more venomous – and provide tips for best avoiding snake bites and relocating rattlesnakes.

“Studies show that most rattlesnakes survive the relocation and gives them a chance of surviving. It’s much better than killing them,” Hayes said.

Hayes is a snake expert and has been featured on several documentaries.

Because maximum capacity is 60 – registering at Eventbrite is recommended – www.eventbrite.com/e/snakes-101-all-about-rattlesnakes-and-local-snakes-tickets-98952626971.
For more information, call organizer Joann Mitcham of De Luz at (951) 695-5666. Mitcham has been relocating snakes for several years and seeks to educate her neighbors about rattlesnakes and other snakes.

Submitted by Temecula Valley Historical Society.