Species of Rattlesnake found in Blue Sky
Rattlesnakes are fully protected in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
Rattlesnakes are beneficial because they keep down the population of mice and rats. Some of these mammals harbor disease and destroy crops.
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
Red Diamond Rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber ruber)
Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchelli pyrrhus)
All snakes in San Diego are having a hard time surviving as we take away the habitat in which they live to build houses and roads. If you encounter a rattlesnake while hiking in Blue Sky, consider yourself lucky. Rattlesnakes can be active year round in San Diego County.
Staying Safe in Rattlesnake Country
Rattlesnakes will strike only in self-defense. They are quite shy and do not come after people. All any snake wants to do is to eat to survive and reproduce.
Don’t touch even a dead rattlesnake. Do not play with, tease or try to capture rattlesnakes.
Using common sense, we can share our open spaces with rattlesnakes.
What to do if bitten
What not to do if bitten
Rattlesnakes and Dogs
Dogs are naturally curious and often this curiosity brings them into harm's way. Please keep your dog on a leash (of not more than 6’) and away from the brush at the sides of the trail. Keep a look out for any rattlesnakes which may be crossing the trail.
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