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By Diane Sieker
Staff Writer 

Rattlesnakes abound in the Anza Valley

 

Last updated 4/14/2021 at 10:43pm

Village News/Diane Sieker photo

This rattlesnake is camouflaged in the dry grass, making it difficult to see.

Rattlesnake sightings and interactions have been on the increase since warm weather has returned to the Anza Valley. As temperatures increase, so do the reptiles' activity levels.

So far this season, there have been dozens of reported rattler sightings. The animals are becoming more mobile as the weather warms up and residents should be alert for unintended contact.

The winter rains have resulted in a population explosion of the snakes' preferred prey – small rodents like mice, rats and ground squirrels. The increase in prey in turn encourages movement of the serpents as they search for...



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