Every year when the weather gets warmer, rattlesnakes come out of their dens to sun themselves in Colorado and other arid states. Rattlesnakes can appear just about anywhere, but hikers on trails need to be especially vigilant. Rattlesnakes emerge from hibernation in March and April, and are most active when the temperature is between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Even though rattlesnakes are not typically nocturnal, they can be active at night.
Below are some tips regarding rattlesnake season:
Each season we see curious dogs at our clinic that have been bitten by rattlesnakes, and so every year we host a Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic in June for dogs and their owners to learn safety techniques. This event sells out every year, with the proceeds going to our nonprofit K-9 Friends. If you are an avid hiker, consider participating in a rattlesnake avoidance clinic with your dog in your area.