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Rattlesnakes in the Tucson, AZ desert

Rattlesnakes in the Tucson, AZ desert

Rattlesnakes in the Tucson, AZ desert can be as close as your back yard.   According to the national weather bureau, Tucson received more spring rain this year than past.  And in the Tucson, AZ desert areas, we can expect snakes to be around until the cold weather days appear, generally late October.  Experts say there is a connection between rain and rattlesnakes:  the more rain, the more vegetation; The more plants, the more rodents; the more rodents, the more snakes.

Rattlesnake on the patio, stretched out long

I have never seen a live rattlesnake in the wild – but after doing a little research on the subject for this blog, found that the average person who is bitten is not from Arizona, and the majority of those people have actually “stepped” on the snake.  So, visitors, watch where you are walking!!

Here is a quick list of preventative measures to help avoid encountering Rattlesnakes in the Tucson, AZ desert and city proper:

Rattlesnake along walkway in sand

1.  Keep the brush and debris trimmed around your property and discard items that might provide cover for rodents.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

2.  Snakes love to lay in the shade on a sunny day.  Avoid picking up rocks that snakes could be hiding under.

3.  Stay on pathways and wear sturdy, high top hiking shoes.  Carry a walking stick.

coiled rattlesnake diamondack closeup

4.  If you come upon rattlesnakes in the Tucson, AZ desert or along your favorite walking path, slowly back away or stay very still.  Most snakes won’t follow you – they tend to bite defensively.

5.  Attend rattlesnake avoidance programs at your local pet stores if you walk your dogs. Keep them leashed.  (the dogs...., not the rattlesnake)


What to do if you’re bitten by a Tucson, AZ desert Rattlenake:

  • Call 911 or get  to a hospital or urgent care center immediately (within 2 hours)
  • Remain as calm as possible, immobilizing the bitten area to keep poison from coursing through your body, keeping  the area at or below heart level
  • Cleanse the wound, but don't flush it with water. Cover it lightly.
  • Don't use a tourniquet or ice bag
  • Don't attempt to remove the venom in any manner
  • Stay away from sodas or alcoholic beverages after being bitten
  • Try to remember the rattlesnake’s  color and shape so you can describe it to your medical practitioner

We had a beautiful, blooming spring.  So remember - rain equals flowers, equals rodents, equals rattlesnakes.  Be aware and beware!!

As always, if you're looking to for lovely SWDesert Homes for sale, or to move to our wondrous desert region near Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, or Vail - I am always happy to assist you in your home search, or home sale.  I am happy to share information on Tucson and Marana homes for sale! Please give me a call or send an email!


If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at swdeserthomes@aol.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,


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Comment balloon 7 commentsCara Marcelle Mancuso • June 12 2010 01:43AM


Cara, yikes. that would be scary. I think I would jump 3 feet. nice reminder to be careful for desert walking.

Posted by Bryan Watkins (LRA Real Estate Group) about 5 years ago

We have them here in California and they are all over our hills and near the homes.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) about 5 years ago

We have them at botanical garden in New York...

Have a great day Cara!

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) about 5 years ago

Cara, spent nine years north of you and have had a number of close encounters . The closest I ever came to a bite was walking out on a patio off my office (we lived on 1.5 acres) and as soon as I stepped out the door I heard a noise that caused me to jump. He had been resting on the patio and I startled him; he hit the back of my leg but didn't get his fangs in. It was a 6' snake!

Posted by Tom Priester, Paradise Sharks (Paradise Sharks ) about 5 years ago

OMG Tom - how freaky.  They say that at least some of the effects from a bite are permanent - nothing to mess around with.

Josh - I hope they are caged??

Thanks for stopping by Bryan and Tim - Tim, be careful!!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 5 years ago

I've lived in Gilbert, AZ for 40 years and done a lot of hiking and camping and haven't seen one yet. I have seen gila monsters in the wild. I never stop being amazed by variety of creatures we have in this world.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Gilbert AZ Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty East Valley) about 5 years ago

Deanne - my very first summer here I took a careful photo of a gila monster perched on a wall beneath a no-parking zone.  Locals had already informed me of some of the more dangerous inhabitants of our region, so I snared the photo with much caution.  I love the desert creatures - but from a distance please!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 5 years ago