Native snake species are widely distributed throughout California, including 7 (venomous) species of rattlesnakes. When threatened, rattlesnakes will shake the “rattle” at the end of their tail to scare away potential predators. Rattlesnakes are generally not aggressive and prefer to be left alone.
Snakes provide an ecosystem benefit by helping to control rodent populations. Snakes may come into conflict with humans if found near homes, in yards, or along foot trails. Most human bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone who is walking or climbing near it.
Prevent Potential Conflicts
In the event of an emergency situation (rattlesnake bite), call 9-1-1 and seek medical attention immediately.