Today’s LA Zoo Press Event Raises Rattlesnake Awareness

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The Los Angeles Zoo and client California Poison Control have teamed up again to educate the public about the dangers of rattlesnakes.

This morning at the zoo’s LAIR exhibit (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Dr. Cyrus Rangan (Assistant Medical Director for the CPCS), Kristina Hamm (Health Education Coordinator for CPCS), John Lewis (Zoo Director, Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens) and Ian Recchio (Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, Los Angeles Zoo) spoke to media in attendance.

They reminded members of media that snakes are waking up earlier from hibernation; even newly hatched rattlesnakes possess dangerous venom. Mother snakes are giving birth to a bumper crop of babies, and California residents should be more aware and cautious, especially since there is a greater chance of snake infestation in California (as a result of heavy rains a few years ago).

Media in attendance included AP, LA Times, NBC, Telemundo, KTLA, FOX, ABC, Daily News, KBS (Korea), NTD-TV.

-Dan Grody, TGPR