The Fresno Chaffee Zoo (www.fresnochaffeezoo.org) and client California Poison Control System (http://www.calpoison.org) hosted a rattlesnake awareness media event last week attended by ABC 30, KMPH Fox 26, Univision, CBS 47 and KSEE 24.
Dr. Rais Vohra, Associate Medical Director, California Poison Control, Lyn Myers, Interim General Curator, Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Mark Halvorsen, Curator of Birds and Reptiles, Fresno Chaffee Zoo reminded all California residents to be aware of rattlesnakes that are waking up early from hibernation because of the warm weather.
Experts say that 2016 has the potential of a large snake infestation as a result of heavy rains in Northern California. Female snakes are giving birth to a bumper crop of babies, and California residents should be aware and cautious; even newborn rattlesnakes possess dangerous venom.
Call 1-800-222-1222 with any snake concerns.
-Dan Grody, TGPR