The best way to deal with the slithering reptiles? Leave them alone.
“Rattlesnakes don’t look for trouble,” said Jim Cornett, a desert ecologist who lives in Palm Springs and has written three books about snakes. “They’re scared to death of us.”
At this time of year, valley residents are most likely to come across snakes on hiking trails.
“The best thing to do is give them a wide berth,” he said. “Stay about 10 feet away from them and walk around them.”
Snakes often stop when people approach and attempt to blend in with their surroundings to avoid detection.
If there’s not enough room on a trail to get around a snake, Cornett said hikers could either turn around or throw a handful of sand on the snake to let it know that it has been seen.
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