Timber Rattler Pays A Visit To Creek Residents

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

On Sunday, July 25, Bianca Malmin was visiting Art and Pat Guevara. When she walked to her golf cart, there was a timber rattler curled up under the porch about 3 feet from her cart. Pat wisely called the fire department. Teri and Nick quickly came to the rescue, caught the snake and took it away in an ice chest for relocation. “We don’t know how long it was in the yard, but the night before the little dog, Caliente, would not go outside to do his usual business before bedtime — “Smart dog,” says Pat.

The timber rattler is really the Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus Cerberus) and it lives in the mountains of Arizona in places like Flagstaff, Show Low, Pinetop, Prescott, Greer and here.

The snake is typically non-aggressive, and gives off a warning rattle for anyone getting a little too close. Should you suspect a nearby snake, don’t try to figure it out on your own. Your best bet is to call the CKFD and have them handle it. While this snake is definitely poisonous, according to Arizona Poison Control less than 1 percent of bites in a human result in death, but if you or a pet ever were to get bitten, you should get help right away. Young children, older folks and dogs particularly should seek immediate medical attention following any snake bite.

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