Don't Suck, Cut, Use A Tourniquet - Snake Season Is On In Tucson!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

Snake season is on in Tucson – it starts April 1st and then the snakes slither back into hiding right around October.  According to the Arizona Poison Control and Drug Information Center, already seven people have been bitten statewide.

And all kinds of snakes come out – from the bullnose snake (these are the good ones!) to the rattlesnakes.   And they are everywhere – they appear on your back porch, hide in flowerpots, or are in plain sight right across the road (and let me tell you – while out riding a bike when you come across one – be prepared because they stretch across the road!) to more common places such as on hiking trails.

SNAKES 101 (to avoid being bitten - from the AZ Posion Control Center):

  • Arizona is home to 13 species of rattlesnakes.
  • Rattlers usually begin coming out in March or April and remain active until October.
  • Many of the snakes slither a mile or more to their summering grounds.


  • A typical year brings 300 to 400 bites in Arizona, with nearly 100 of those in Pima County. 
  • Most bites in Southern Arizona are by Western diamondback rattlesnakes, a large species that can deliver a big dose of venom.
  • Snakes sometimes rattle before striking - but not always. Don't count on it.
  • Roughly 15 percent of rattler bites are "dry bites," delivering no venom.
  • Deaths from rattlesnake bites are rare.


  • Don’t mess with them! If you see one, take one step backwards and move away.
  • The "golden rule" for avoiding snakebite: Watch where you walk and look before putting your hands anywhere.


  • Don’t do any “do it yourself treatments such as cutting, sucking, tourniquet, ice, according to the poison control center – these things do more harm than good.

For more information about snakes or snake bites, call 1-800-222-1222.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Hi let's be reasonable....snakes???  start packing and I'll sell you a new home in massachusetts... you can work on my team and kent can join the franklin ma p.d.....cassie will love it here.... now wasn't that easy.

Apr 05, 2012 07:42 AM #1
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

We certainly have our share of snakes here.....copperhead are very common here.  I put out a product called Snake Away around the perimeter of our land.  We've had our share of dog snake bites.  Benedryl and a trip to the vet for antibiotics usually does the trick.

Apr 05, 2012 08:04 AM #2
Donald Tepper
Long and Foster - Fairfax, VA
DC area investor helping heirs of inherited homes

Ummm. Most postings on Active Rain about local communities usually make them sound irresistable. You know: "Wow, what a great place." (And, yes, I know Tucson is nice!) But this might make me think twice about moving to Tucson, or at least visiting any time from April to October.

Now, what you might do is post some yummy snake recipes. Here's a link especially for rattlesnakes. And here's one for fried snake. And some instructions on how to cook a snake. That's called turning lemons into lemonade!

Apr 05, 2012 08:35 AM #3
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

I have never even thought about a snake problem, but I guess it's a real issue.  You lay out a great blog here for people who have to live with them!  

On a side note, I really like your new profile photo.  very nice.

Apr 05, 2012 10:10 AM #4
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing tips, i hope to never get and personal with a snake.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 05, 2012 11:25 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I just saw where a private pilot had a snake come out from the instrument panel right after take off.  That would have gotten my attention as well.  (And I am scared of snakes)  

Thanks for the good info.

(Like your new pic also!)

Apr 05, 2012 09:10 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Gab don't like those critters at all.  You can keep all those in Arizona please.  Enjoy the day 

Apr 05, 2012 09:28 PM #7
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I love this post. You have some great advice in it. We have snakes here, but not the volume you have in Arizona. We have rattlers also including the Eastern Diamondback the largest rattler of all. Thankfully the ED is small in number and very reclusive.

Apr 05, 2012 11:37 PM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is the main difference between Seattle and Tucson Arizona. You have snakes and we have slugs. Sometimes I'd rather be a bit been slimed... 

Apr 06, 2012 02:27 AM #9
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