More Rain in the Permian Basin Means More Snakes
With the rainy weather we have had for the past few weeks that means you will need to be on the lookout for more snakes in the area.
According to NewsWest 9, rattlesnakes make up the bulk of snakes in the West Texas area and they can even make their way into the cities.
With the recent rains in the area, Michael Nickell scientist at the Sibley Nature Center says you can expect to see a lot more snakes.
“You’ve got more rainfall; well you’ve got more vegetative growth. You’ve got more vegetative growth, you’ve got more herbivores like mice, rats, rabbits, things like that. You’ve got more potential prey items you can support a larger population of predators like rattlesnakes. So everything is working together” said Nickell.
Don't rely on old fashioned remedies if you do get bit by a snake, “some of the old remedies of cutting and sucking the venom out or applying tourniquets or freezing are no longer considered to be good safe rattle snake treatments so what’s recommended now is seek medical attention immediately,” said Nickells.
But to prevent being bitten at all just be aware of your surroundings and do not make sudden moves when you hear a rattle snake.