Back For Summer, Wyoming Rattlesnakes
With longer days and warmer weather and humans and rattlesnakes coming out to catch some sun hikers should stay on the trail and watch for Wyoming’s two poisonous snakes.
They include the Prairie Rattlesnake, usually found below 7,000 feet east of the Continental Divide, and one of the most potentially deadly snakes in the US, the more poisonous Midget Faded Rattlesnake found in southwestern Wyoming.
While not that aggressive, most rattlesnakes will sound their signature rattle to let you know you’re too close, so leave the headphones at home during your hike. Leave your shorts behind too, wear jeans and boots instead.
Watch for them sunning on rocks, but they also like grassy areas, logs, and leaves. Stay aware. Most snakebites happen while trying to kill a snake. Just give it a wide berth!
Enjoy the warmer weather, but stay aware. Special thanks to multi-award winning Wyoming wildlife photographer Kirby Hornbeck.