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I don't care for snakes

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I don't care for snakes

I will be spending Christmas week in and around Tucson. I'm from the mid-west so I'm not accustom to having to worry much about poisonous snakes. I've been told they should not be out much at the end of December as its a little cool for them. Can I get some opinions on that? And being a hiker and photographer do I have to watch every step I take in the desert? Oh and Scorpions? Might be humorous to those accustom to being in the desert SW lol..Thanks

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1. Re: I don't care for snakes

Use a walking stick. Don't put your hands under rocks or objects that you can't see first. Snakes and spiders don't really care for you either.

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2. Re: I don't care for snakes

I have lived in Tucson for 35 years. I have seen a snake while hiking twice. I have seen snakes in my yard much more often, both harmless and poisonous. I used to live in Wisconsin and saw more rattlesnakes there when out in the woods or hiking. The types of scorpions which inflict dangerous stings are rarely seen in the daytime, and normally hiding under boards, rocks, sticks, etc.

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3. Re: I don't care for snakes

In December, you really won't need to worry about snakes at all since they will be hibernating, but you still want to be watchful while you're hiking and take the precautions that RedRox mentions.

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4. Re: I don't care for snakes

Thanks all I appreciate your insight and advice!

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>>I have seen a snake while hiking twice. I have seen snakes in my yard much more often, both harmless and poisonous.<<

I had to gently escort a snake out of the lobby where I work the other night....

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I couldnt tell a harmless snake from a Poisonous one to tell you the truth! Unless of course its rattling ! I guess Christmas time is a much better time to Visit Southern Arizona than summer if you have a fear of snakes :)

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>>I couldnt tell a harmless snake from a Poisonous one to tell you the truth! Unless of course its rattling !<<

If you can ID a rattlesnake and a coral snake you're covered as far as venemous snakes here in AZ.

What I do find (after some discreet questions) is that the reason many guests are scared to death of rattlesnakes around every corner is coworkers who make stuff up to get them worried about coming to AZ on business.

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8. Re: I don't care for snakes

So another words the threat of getting bitten by a poisonous snake in Az is much over hyped? Well like RedRox said I'll just carry a walking stick and wont put my hands under rocks. I'll have to check out some coral snake photos, thanks!

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