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Quinn Schuler Reports
Rattlesnake bites reach record high in Tucson
Sep 23, 2007 07:46 PM
Over the holiday weekend, rattlesnakes bit seven people in Tucson alone, including one woman at a home in the Foothills.
Banfield says her friend was in from New York to visit this holiday
weekend and a rattlesnake bit her while she was taking out the trash.
heard her say ouch and ran to the door. I just knew as soon as I
heard her say ouch, she had been bitten by a snake," Banfield said.
Banfield says her friend is going to be okay after her fourth dose of antivenin. She says she should be out of ICU by Wednesday.
According to poison control, August was a record-setting month for rattlesnakes with more than 40 people suffering bites.
August and September are the peak months for this problem because rattlesnakes are giving birth.
When a female rattlesnake gives birth, she can have about 20 or more snakes at a time.
And when they are done giving birth, poison control says they are very hungry and that's when they go looking for food.
Woman Dies Of Rattlesnake Bite
POSTED: 8:14 am PDT October 9, 2007
UPDATED: 5:17 pm PDT October 9, 2007
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A Paulden woman has died after being bitten by a rattlesnake over the weekend.
County sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Quayle said the death is extremely
rare but serves as a reminder that even with modern antivenin
treatment, snakes can kill.
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said 63-year-old Jackie Ledwell was outside Saturday when she was
bitten on the foot, and was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for
treatment. She died the next day.
County Animal Control workers
located the snake and killed it. They determined it was a Mohave
rattlesnake, the deadliest of the species found in Arizona.
Mohave has the capability of carrying a neurotoxic property in its
venom which makes it the deadliest snake in the state," said Dan
Marchand of the Phoenix Herpetological Society.
"The venom will shut
down your nervous system. So you'll have trouble breathing and then the
rest of your bodily functions will stop," he said.
Roughly 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. each year, but fewer than 15 deaths are reported.
In Ledwell's case, the snake's deadly bite proved shocking to even those who remove snakes in the area.
said the public should be extra careful this time of year, because
snakes are often found sunning themselves and can strike unsuspecting