Riverside County Animal Services urges community to be cautious during snake season

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Riverside County Animal Services says that while most snakes are harmless, it is important for Californians to be able to identify a venomous snake, because being bitten by one could cause serious harm or even death. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Warm weather is approaching Riverside County, which means that snake season is in full swing. The Riverside County Department of Animal Services dispatch center said that higher temperatures have led to more calls about snake sightings in the area in previous years. They said that while most snakes are harmless, it is important for Californians to be able to identify a venomous snake, because being bitten by one could cause serious harm or even death. Many Riverside County residents have shared photos of snakes found in their backyard over the past few weeks, asking people if found snakes are dangerous to humans. Steve Hull of Temecula found what appeared to be a garter snake in his backyard near the pool. He said the snake was “timid, but easily picked up with tongs and thrown over t
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