Snake season is underway. The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center received its first snake call of the year this week – that turned out to be a juvenile Southern Pacific Rattlesnake. The annual snake season is typically from March to October. Snakes keep our natural ecosystems working properly and are key in balancing the rodent population.
Every year, our Animal Services Officers respond to hundreds of calls for snakes. In south Orange County, Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes and Red Diamond Rattlesnakes exist. Depicted in these photos, the snakes are extremely dangerous and can cause severe and sometimes fatal injuries.
Here are some tips to keep snakes at bay:
Most snakes encountered are non-venomous, while the rattlesnake is the only venomous snake native to California. Observing the shape of the snake’s head, body and tail is a good way to determine if a snake is venomous.
If you’ve encountered a rattlesnake on your property or public area, call the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center at 949-470-3045. Our officers are trained to handle and remove them safely. If you or someone else is bitten, call 911 immediately. #mvcitynews #mvchamber #missionviejochamber #missionviejo #snakealert